SAYWHAT commend the Government of Malawi’s rapid response and mitigation measures it has taken to rescue and assist those affected by Cyclone Freddy. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the cyclone, which has reportedly claimed the lives of about 200 people and left thousands homeless in the last few days.
Threats of diseases such as cholera are increased by the destruction of infrastructure and are likely to resurgence due to the cyclone. As SAYWHAT, prevention of sexual exploitation during a natural disaster is of particular concern as the impact of the cyclone has a bearing on the access to health services and food which are key to the well-being of the people.
The destruction of infrastructure and homes has left many vulnerable and without access to basic needs. We urge the international community to unite and support the people of Malawi.
We call on the government of Malawi to prioritise the needs of those affected by the cyclone and to ensure that they have access to adequate health services, food, and shelter. We also encourage organisations and individuals worldwide to donate to relief efforts and support the people of Malawi during this difficult time.
SAYWHAT and its partners under the Girls Education Advocacy in the Region (GEAR) Alliance would like to reaffirm its commitment to continue with its work of supporting women and girls to access quality education and health services in Malawi during and post the Cyclone Freddy crisis.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Malawi during this difficult time.