Malawi In Brief

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Last updated: July 31, 2020

July 30, 2020

Nine members of one of southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking syndicates were sentenced on July 20 to a total of 56.5 years’ prison time. The seven Chinese and two Malawian nationals were arrested in a series of coordinated raids in May last year. Each was found guilty of at least one wildlife trafficking offence relating to possession of pangolin, rhino horn, ivory or hippo tooth, all of which are derived from listed or protected species. Two individuals are the first non-African nationals to ever go to prison. All Chinese nationals are to be deported following their sentences. Sentencing of the ring-leader is anticipated in several months.

June 29, 2020

Total of MK2.03 Trillion (~US$2.7bn, with $2.0bn for recurrent budget and $700m development budget). It has a deficit of K651bn (~$868m) to be financed from domestic and foreign borrowing. Farm Input Subsidy Program targets 900,000 beneficiaries with subsidized inputs and 100,000 others to get free inputs at a total cost of K38bn (~$51m). Agriculture development allocated K45bn ($60m). Covid-19 Urban Cash transfer Initiative (CUCI) will target 172,337 households in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba Cities. Each household will get K35,000 (~$47) per month for six months starting from June. National Food Reserve Agency and Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) allocated K10bn ($13.3m) and World Bank to provide another $8.4m for maize grain purchases.

May 27, 2020

Through a collaborative effort between ONSE, HC4L and LGAP, District Health Promotion Officers, District Information Officers and Community Health Officers will be brought together in regional meetings to review status of coordination of COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) activities and partners at district level, including successes, areas for improvement and lessons learned from ongoing implementation in line with national response plans and strategies. The Ministry of Health’s frequently asked questions and information materials have been updated and will be disseminated.