By Modester Kayange
National Social Mobilization Committed (NSMC) has asked for collaboration efforts in the dissemination of information on various issues that can help people to recover from the effects of cyclone Freddy in Mulanje district, Malawi. NSMC member Felix Misomali said this on 21 September 2023 during a Kulumikiza Open day campaign at Chimwanza aimed at promoting Education and health care among Cyclone Freddy survivors. Misomali is optimistic that the project will improve information sharing on education, health care, malnutrition and Gender based violence which are some of the messages the committee is already sharing.
Meanwhile, Mulanje district coordinating Primary Education Advisor, Emily Mlowe, says such messages will help children who were affected by cyclone Freddy return to school as the disaster made some to lose interest and contact with their schools. Mulanje is one of the worst hit districts which had 97 evacuation camps set up in schools. The campaign is being run in the five districts of Lilongwe, Mulanje, Phalombe, Kasungu and Blantyre with funding from United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF.
In March this year, UNICEF stated a whopping $88 million (about 90 billion Kwacha), would be required to address food insecurity for millions of people in Malawi in the aftermath of Cyclone Freddy. UNICEF warned that hundreds of thousands of children in Malawi are at risk of malnutrition because of the impact of Cyclone Freddy.