Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 January to 15 March 2023

UNICEF Malawi Floods and Cholera Situation Report

Chlorine distribution in Chandawira village in rural Lilongwe
UNICEF Malawi/2023/Corporate Media


  • As of 12 March 2023, Malawi has registered 53,226 cholera cases and 1,634 deaths1. As of 26 February 2023, 3,444 children's cases and 219 deaths among children have been reported cumulatively. The cumulative Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at 3.07 per cent, with the highest CFR of 4.76 per cent in Lilongwe and the lowest CFR in the Mzimba North District at 0.42 per cent.
  • As of 15 March, as a result of floods and landslides caused by Cyclone Freddy in 11 districts in the southern region of Malawi, 326 people have lost their lives, 201 are missing, 796 have sustained various injuries, and 183,159 from 40,702 households have been displaced and seek shelter in 317 camps.
  •  Approximately 506,475 people, including 5,787 children under five, are affected by floods across 11 districts.
  •  Over 1.2 million people in 29 districts were provided safe water and infection prevention and control (IPC) supplies.
  • Around 300 Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) were provided essential cholera supplies, sanitation infrastructures, water supplies, and IPC supplies.
  • Some 148,230 individuals (65,447 males and 82,783 females) received cholera messages through door-to-door interpersonal communication sessions. About 88,009 caregivers of children aged 0-23 months received counseling on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).
  • 38,152 children (21,742 girls and 16,410 boys) in safe spaces (children’s corners) were reached with messaging on cholera prevention and Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
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