Receiving the equipment, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha said the donation has come at an opportune time as government is putting in place measures of strengthening national disaster preparedness and is also increasing capacity to respond to future emergencies.
Mwanamvekha said the received equipment will assist affected communities by supplying them with clean and safe water even in hard to reach areas that are often hit by floods each year during the rainy season.
“This donation is very significant to the Government of Malawi. It addresses the water challenges that we have been facing in terms of providing clean water and helping people that have been affected by drought and floods. We will reach people that are in areas like Nsanje and Karonga which are drought-flood prone areas,” explained Mwanamvekha.
Jen Marshall, Head of DFID in Malawi said women and children are the ones that are affected most in times of drought and floods therefore rendering them vulnerable but with the availability of such resources, a plan has been put in place to assist them.
“The government is trying and they also need to be thinking how the health sector can adapt if climate change worsens in the country. This will enable a strategic shift in the health sector to adapt to the kinds of diseases that may be more prevalent at that time because women and children suffer the most,” she said.
Since 2013, UNICEF’s emergency response has provided safe water, toilets and washing facilities to over 39 thousand people across Malawi.