According to the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. MIET AFRICA’s regional programme, FutureLife-Now!, recently provided food parcels to vulnerable learners and their families in Malawi through its humanitarian emergency COVID-19 response project.
With the support of local youth facilitators, Malawi Future-Life Now! In-Country Coordinators provided food parcels to over 700 learners from the 10 FutureLife-Now! schools in Malawi. Food included maize flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, sugar and salt. Hand sanitizer was also provided.
During the distribution, which took place between 3-7 July, COVID-19 precautionary measures were strictly adhered to, such as hand washing, the wearing of masks and social distancing.
FutureLife-Now! is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) school-based programme aimed at reducing new HIV infections and increasing ART adherence amongst young people in the region. Through the programme, MIET AFRICA is currently supporting the SADC Member States in their preparedness for and prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Global Hope Mobilisation (GLOHOMO), and with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the FutureLife-Now! COVID-19 support is providing immediate and tangible assistance to the most vulnerable populations.