‘Education system is still weak’

The Education Management Information System (EMIS) report of 2011, 2013, and 2014 rated Mangochi as one of the districts with the worst attainment indicators in terms of numeracy, literacy and dropout as well as low completion rates. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged executive director for Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) BENEDICTO KONDOWE, on the Result-Based…

Is exclusive breastfeeding old-fashioned?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for children until they are six months old and continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary feeding up to two years. This, WHO argues, will ensure optimal growth and development of a child. WHO further argues that breastfeeding has both short and long-term nutritional benefits for children, adding nutrition…

Experts for effective agricultural science media

Effective agricultural science and research communication have been touted as a vital tool that Malawi “cannot do without” for the advancement of the agriculture sector in the region. The remarks were made on Monday in Lilongwe at the beginning of a week-long Journalist’s Training Workshop on Communicating Agricultural Science for Impact workshop organised by the…

NPL’s Mercy Malikwa wins disability award

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist Mercy Malikwa has emerged winner of the Disability Journalist of the Year Award for 2016 in the print media. The awards were given out on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a media conference on disability and the elderly at Bingu International Convention Centre. Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare,…

Edna chilenje-manda- mathematical biology genious

Edna Chilenje-Manda graduated with a Master’s in Applied Sciences at University of Kwazulu-Natal with distinction. Using Mathematics models she was able to link immunological and epidomiological dynamics of HIV infection, yielding data useful in predicting the progression of the infection within and outside the host. In this interview she talks to FATSANI GUNYA. Who is…

‘Education system is still weak’

The Education Management Information System (EMIS) report of 2011, 2013, and 2014 rated Mangochi as one of the districts with the worst attainment indicators in terms of numeracy, literacy and dropout as well as low completion rates. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged executive director for Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) BENEDICTO KONDOWE, on the Result-Based…

Only K729/head for  public health service access

Government has come under fire for allocating a huge chunk of the Ministry of Health (MoH) budget to the ministry headquarters at the expense of dwindling public health service. Treasury has, in this 2017/18 National Budget estimates, allocated about K74. 1 billion to the ministry, which represents 6.32 per cent of the total budget estimates…

‘Inequality needs urgent redress’

Against reports that the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen, various civil society organisations (CSOs) across the globe converged in Taormina, Italy last week to petition G7 leaders on various social-economic issues ahead of the G7 summit. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged LUSUNGU DZINKAMBANI, an NGO expert with Oxfam in Malawi,…

NGOs demand more action from G7

Ahead of the official opening of the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy yesterday, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and other members of the civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world have demanded more action from the heads of the globe’s seven powerful economies to act and end poverty. NGO experts have since planned to submit their concerns…

Luanar wages’ stand-off worsens

It never rains but pours for public universities in the country as Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) employees have threatened to go on an indefinite strike as they seek a salary increment of up to 40 percent. The Luanar labour dispute follows another one at Chancellor College, constituent college of University of…

‘Ignore press freedom  at own peril’

On May 3, the country’s media fraternity joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Press Freedom Day. However, the commemorations here reached their climax last Saturday with an awards gala dinner at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Speaker of the National Assembly RICHARD MSOWOYA was the guest of honour…

Mutharika for stronger, focused African Parliament

  President Peter Mutharika has said Africa needs to remain united if resolutions made at the Pan African Parliament have to stand. The President was speaking at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on his return from this year’s session for the continental Parliament currently underway in Midrands, South Africa. Mutharika also reiterated the significance of belonging…

Joyful Souls mesmerise Beira

  They went there as guests but once on stage, they took over the concert and left with their name forever indelible in the minds of many patrons. So outstanding was the performance at a concert in Beria, Mozambique by the country’s renowned gospel acappella outfit, Joyful Souls, last weekend. Beira-based AVG group, also doing…