Rape, diarrhoea and malaria scare Malawi flooded hit areas:  MSF deploys 70 heath workers

The Medicines San Frontiers (MSF) has deployed about 70 health workers in Nsanje and Chikhwawa in readiness for waterborne and airborne diseases that are likely to follow the recent floods.

MSF health worker in flood hit areas

MSF health worker in flood hit areas

MSF registering people in health book

MSF registering people in health book

The health workers, who include clinicians and nurses, are already on the ground in the two districts, as health and sanitation situation continues to dwindle in the camps where the displaced flood victims are staying.

MSF rapid response follows fears of imminent danger of diarrhea and malaria breakout, as about 353 people are sharing one makeshift toilet and bathroom at Mphatso Camp located in Fatima, Nsanje, for instance.

At the camp, the 353 people are also sharing only 98 blankets and 11 mosquito nets and a 40 by30 metres room, the situation one of the health workers, Elisha Pambalipe, fears is a potential breeding ground for rape cases, which can also scale up HIV and Aids transmission.

“Sharing a single toilet and bathroom has increased open defecation, which may result in Cholera outbreak. We also fear for the outbreak of skin diseases and Tuberculosis,” said Pambalipe.

The situation is even far worse at M’bwazi Primary School where over 1000 people are camping and sharing only 150 blankets and there is a shortage of mosquito nets.

The Advocacy and Communications Officer for MSF, Wilfred Masebo disclosed that his organization has also deployed health workers in all the districts affected by the floods such as Mulanje, Phalombe, Blantyre and Mangochi.

“We plan to remain on the ground up to somewhere in April because we anticipate disease outbreaks as the waters turn themselves into swamps. We will continue monitoring the situation as we keep mounting
toilets, providing mosquito nets, ORS and water-guard,” said Masebo.

And according to MSF Deputy Director of Logistics Luke Ngwira, the organization is mainly focusing on non-food items such as water buckets, soap and cups.

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mbava aMalawi inu mudzatengapo matembelelo.


Ask the UNO anything concerning the distribution of relief items since the whiteman is donating thrrough the UNO or local agencies. Don’t dare the government on the distribution of relief from the white-man’s land. mabulaki simumayimbira manja kuti ndibwino mathandizo azipita kwa anthu through mabungwe amene sali aboma. Kuiwala kuti boma liri ndi kuthekera kogawa zinthuzo mwa chilungamo. Ndipo boma liri ndi mayendedwe abwino. Ndiye a UNO, BFID, WHO, local agencies ali kuti.Agawetu ma relief amene aperekedwa aja. Kapena mzungu amanama.


Where are the donations

Kakha Erutu

Use the military to manage this relief operation.


Blame it on donors because they said they would not trust government with their donation. the blankets that are there are enough according to government because some of people have just joined the camps as economic refugees just to be part of the free donations.




Ma indicators a umphawi ameneyo at national level nde uyu azibela aMalawi

andrew Tchale

This is a joke! where is the mony that the donors are donating?


Nkhayowoya kale ine kuti ndalama zila chibulumutila cha mwanakazi wa wupu wa BEAM wakatola wawezge wagule makondomu yalute ku Nsanje chifukwa wanyithu awa tikuti waSena awa sono uku ndikuti wakugundana nyama ku nyama mu ma Camp. Nkhuwamanya wanthu awa wakutemwa uzaghali mwee. Nkhwantha za MSF ni izi nazo zayowoyapo.

Mary Mtengera

A lot of money has been donated…why are we having few blankets..pls go & buy for the victims.. Do not steal you will be cursed!!

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