Christian Aid Launches Freddy Response

Christian Aid in partnership with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) and Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) have launched a Cyclone Freddy response in Mulanje, Phalombe and Chikwawa districts.

The response valued at MK180 million will be supported by a UK fund, START FUND and it is in the form of cash, health and protection services targeting 3200 households in the three districts.

Speaking on Thursday during the launch of the response in Mulanje, Christian Aid Program Specialist Robert Thindwa said as a humanitarian organization, they cannot sit down and watch hundreds of displaced households suffering without doing anything.

He said this is the reason they mobilized resources and partnered with CARD and CICOD to assist the affected households.

"Let me advise you to use the money and these items to cushion the Cyclone Freddy induced pains, take proper care of the materials and report all cases of abuse including cases of GBV to the authorities," said Thindwa.

He further said they will be working with the social welfare offices in the three districts in providing psychosocial support to the affected households in all the targeted camps.

CARD deputy Program Manager Grant Mzembe asked the beneficiaries to use provided complaints’ boxes and phone numbers in case they smell something fishy.

In Mulanje alone, Christian Aid is responding to four camps in TA Ndanga and five camps in TA Sunganinzeru with MK60 million targeting 1400 households.

“1000 households will receive Non-Food Items (20 litre bucket, three tablets of protex, five tablets of U-fresh soap and two bottles of water guard) and 400 households will receive MK40, 000, said Thindwa.

He further said 292 pregnant women will receive one mosquito net and birth preparedness packs and as part of promoting nutrition outcomes, the organization will also distribute Corn Soya Blend to 920 pregnant and lactating mothers and under-five children.

The response will also facilitate mobile clinics to provide OPD, Antenatal, Family Planning, STI and ART services.

According to District Commissioner for Mulanje David Kayiwonanga Gondwe, as of Thursday, it was confirmed that the March, 12 Tropical Cyclone Freddy had claimed 151 lives, 243 are missing and it displaced 25, 000 households in Mulanje alone.

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