Unpredictable weather conditions over the past three years have left farmers reeling, and families with insufficient food stocks to adequately feed their children. In 2015, farmers reported heavy floods that destroyed crops, then in 2016 the severe drought drastically affected the Southern and Central regions of Malawi. It’s estimated that one in two people in Malawi were affected by the drought until the 2017 harvest.
There has therefore been a critical and immediate need to reach out to vulnerable families to mitigate the adverse effects of the emergency at hand as well as prevent further occurrence of hunger, abuse and protecting the gains that have already been made through Save the Chidlren and partner development programmes in targeted districts. Save the Children is leading a consortium of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), helping vulnerable households cope with the devastating effects of the food crisis.
Our humanitarian response aims at saving lives, contributing towards life sustaining interventions of Malawians affected by El Nino and other recurring climatic shocks. We focus on lifesaving interventions and addressing the associated needs of the affected communities to meet gaps in food security, agriculture, WASH, health, education, child protection and nutrition. We work to ensure that response efforts save lives immediately, protect the gains that have already been registered in our impact areas and reduce vulnerability for the affected households.
We are helping families by providing unconditional monthly cash transfers in lieu of food. In addition, households with children under-two years-old, and/or pregnant and lactating women, and families of girls enrolled in grade 7 and 8, that receive transfers also receive additional cash supplements to enable them to buy extra food to cater to their additional nutritional requirements. We are also screening for malnutrition during these cash transfers.