Teen mother dreams bigger

Long distance to school continues to be an obstacle for girls in Malawi, writes UNFPA communications officer HENRY CHIMBALI At 17 years old, Fanny Maseko was forced into marriage to surmount extreme poverty. Her marriage was officiated in 2012, influenced by her parents who were struggling to meet her needs. “I got married while in…

Pregnant at 14, rues polygamy

  Alinate is back to school, but everyday challenges persist, UNFPA communications manager Henry Chimbali writes.   At 14, Alinate married a polygamous man to fend off poverty. But she had another problem: she was pregnant while waiting for Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination [PLSCE] results. She explained: “I married aged 14 in 2014 because…

Wonders of integrated health care

James was devastated when he and his wife tested HIV positive in 2010. The newlyweds feared that they would pass the virus to their children. For them, HIV, the virus that causes Aids, was synonymous with sickliness and death. “When some of my wife’s relatives knew about our sero-status, they wanted us to separate,” says…

While there is still talk, the fact still remains that Ebola is a threat not only to human life, but also to health-care systems in many countries that currently grapple with other existing health challenges. Looking at its fatality rate, while it is low than the ‘original’ Ebola of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which…

To think of a period of more than 14 months without any confirmed cholera case in Malawi is a situation which one never thought of but because it is a reality for now, it is an incredible achievement as a nation and worth sharing. For many decades, Malawi has been struggling with cholera—both in its…

While there were only 223 reported cases of polio in the year 2012 globally, according to the World Health Organisation, the threat for polio in many African countries still remains. Out of the reported cases in the year 2012, there were 121 polio cases in Somalia. However, polio cases have decreased by over 99 percent…