Wednesday 11 February 2015

Malawi Floods – Shelter Concerns Amidst Displacement

From the onset, it appeared to be a somber day as we approached the village of Kathebwe, in Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo, Zomba District. The sky was covered in a blanket of uniform clouds that occasionally gave the sun some shine. Out in the distance were fields of crops laid with isolated beds of water – some even forming streams and interconnected water systems. In the trenches, between rows of crops were still waters that resembled an irrigation scheme, but were really remnants of the flowing waters that had recently washed crops away.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Malawi is Swept by Devastating Floods – a Mandate to Respond

In Malawi, the New Year has begun on a celebratory note for some – and on a more insecure one for others. Since the beginning of January, heavy rains have hit the Southern districts of Malawi, which have caused devastating floods in 15 of the countries districts (Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Salima, Rumphi and Karonga) – some being worst affected than others.

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Unlocking Women’s Potential Through Village Savings and Loans in Machinga

Meet Margret Stande. She’s a compilation of women I’ve met in Machinga district, rural Malawi – all facing dire circumstances and looking to Village Savings and Loans (VSL) for help.

Margret is aged 35 and has four children. She and her husband Stephano are subsistence farmers, just like the majority here, and harvest their crop of maize and Nandolo (cow peas) once a year. What they don’t eat, they sell. The proceeds must last for the next 12 months.

Friday 9 January 2015

Cash Transfer – Saving Lives and Building Household Resilience

This year marks the third consecutive year that Save the Children is implementing unconditional Cash Transfers to vulnerable households in key areas that are predicted to experience chronic food insecurity. The launch for the 2014/15 Cash Transfer Programme (CTP) took place on the grounds of St. Martins Primary School in Zomba District on 22nd December 2014. In attendance were the Guest of Honor, Pual Chiunguzeni the PS for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Member of Parliament (MP) for Zomba Thondwe, Hon. C.J.

Friday 9 January 2015

Save the Children Courts Parliamentary Health Committee on HSA Housing

Save the Children in conjunction with various civil society organisations under the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) courted the parliamentary health committee on the need to ensure that Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) reside in their catchment areas. 

Speaking during the interface in Thyolo district, Grassroots Public Health (GRAPH) Director, Peter Kayenda, bemoaned the absence of HSAs in their catchment areas.