CSOs pleads for psychosocial support to floods affected children

By Alinafe Nyasulu

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved in the welfare of children in Zomba district, have urged government and the concerned stakeholders to be proactive in supporting children who were affected by the floods which hit country earlier this year.

The remarks have been made ahead of the commemoration of the African child day slated for August 31, at a community level in the district.

Country Director for Future Vision organization, which is organizing the event, Newton Sindo, said although many families have returned to their homes from evacuation camps, but there is still need for intensive psychosocial support to children to help them recover from the trauma.

Sindo said: “Apart from basic needs, a child needs to interact and socialize with friends as this helps to free their mind and voice out their concerns.”

Zomba CSOs team leader, Mary Phiri, concurred with Sindo and said they are committed to supporting all affected children and ensure that, among other things, the children get back to school and live their normal lives.

African child day is commemorated annually on June 16, at continental level, and at national level Malawi commemorated the event on June 26, in Chikwawa district, under the theme “humanitarian action in Africa, child rights first.”

Earlier this year, Malawi was affected by heavy rains, floods and strong winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Idai, a development which led government to declare a State of Disaster in 15 districts including Zomba.

According to Malawi 2019 Floods Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report, it is estimated that approximately 975,600 people were affected by these floods with 60 deaths and 672 injuries reported.


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