Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative

Addressing healthy settings in Malawi

Chikwawa devastated by floods

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Shire river at the Kamuzu bridge which has completely devastated the surrounding area

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:

  • 2 tonnes of fortified maize flour
  • 6000 packets of soya pieces
  • 100kg dried fish
  • 80kg salt
  • 200 blankets
  • 200 mosquito nets
  • 480kg soap
  • fuel wood for families to cook
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Houses and gardens submerged in flood waters causing loss of gardens and belongings for thousands of families across Malawi

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.

2 comments on “Chikwawa devastated by floods

  1. Malangizo Mbewe
    January 16, 2015

    Noted and thanks for the support you render to the district. Dr Malangizo Mbewe Zone Supervisor Zonal Health Support Office (South West) P.O Box 3 Blantyre Tel: 01878409 fax:01878539 cell:+265999369688 From: Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative To: malangizombewe@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 12:04 PM Subject: [New post] Chikwawa devastated by floods #yiv2012575498 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2012575498 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2012575498 a.yiv2012575498primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2012575498 a.yiv2012575498primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2012575498 a.yiv2012575498primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2012575498 a.yiv2012575498primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2012575498 WordPress.com | Tracy Morse posted: “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 ar” | |

  2. Dr. Rabson Kachala
    January 17, 2015

    Trace Morse!!

    On behalf of the MOH in Malawi we salute the quickest possible support through SCHI Program under Malawi-Scotland Partnership Development Program through Community Health Programs.

    Today, 17th January, 2015 we are here at the Headquarters to strategize how to reach out to most devastated communities including Chikhwawa and I am happy that I am reporting your current timely support you are distributing to the Chikhwawa DC and DHO.

    Thank you very much.

    Dr. Rabson Kachala

    HEALTH STRAND LEAD FOR THE MALAWI SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP

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