Addressing healthy settings in Malawi
Malawi has had a devastating start to 2015 with torrential rains hitting over half the country, causing widespread flooding. Chikwawa was one of the hardest hit Districts, due to the rain being compounded by huge volumes of water moving from higher areas via streams and the Shire River. University of Strathclyde has been working with Chikwawa District since 1999 and since 2006 the SCHI programme has worked on community health programmes. Throughout this time the District has been subject to several severe floods, and at these times the project focusses it’s attention on assisting the district staff to support displaced families with shelter, food and disease control measures. We achieve this with support from generous well-wishers from Malawi and Scotland, and this year is no exception. Although the floods are only just beginning to subside in some areas, we have already received over £4500 donated from FROM Scotland, University of Strathclyde Centre for Sport and Recreation and many individuals in Malawi and through the FROM Scotland Justgiving page. This money has already been put to use.
Many organisations and individuals are assisting across the country, and so we have been in close consultation with the District Commissioner, District Health Office and other NGOs on the specific needs yet to be met for the affected areas. To date we are providing the following to the camps set up for displaced families:
These will delivered tomorrow (Saturday 17th January) and it is our sincere hope that further assistance will come so that we continue to support those in need. We cannot thank those supporting these efforts, or emphasise the impact that these donations make to the families who have lost their homes and possessions enough.
In the long term, as the floods subside, SCHI will assess our programme areas, where we already know the crops have been completely washed away. We will then be working with communities to cleanup the aftermath and assess the damage to the infrastructure. SCHI will continue to support and assist our project areas in anyway we can to mitigate against future disasters such as these, and the now impending food shortage for 2015.