TB sensitisation project intensifies campaign

Balaka District tuberculosis (TB) officer Thomas Bizeki says sensitising communities to the dangers of tuberculosis (TB) in the mines can help reduce TB-related deaths in Malawi. Speaking recently when the district TB team embarked on a door-to-door information dissemination and TB screening exercise, Bizeki said most of the people engaged in small- scale artisan mining…

Balaka rated highly in maternal health

  Balaka District has emerged the best in the fight against maternal and newborn death, scooping the Malawi Government-owned Result-based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) rewards more times than other districts. In an exclusive interview, RBF4MNH deputy director Reagan Kaluluma said the district has won 10 out of 15 cycles of RBF4MNH rewards…

Manerela+ calls for LGBTI tolerance

Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by HIV and Aids (Manerela+) says demystifying myths associated with homosexually could create a more tolerant society in Malawi. Speaking during an advocacy meeting on human sexuality in Salima last week Manerela+ programs officer Harold Kachepatsonga said ignorance on homosexuality has led to homophobia. “We are not saying Malawi…

Programme spends K3bn on maternal health

  A government initiative funded by Germany and Royal Norwegian governments through KfW has spent almost K3 billion in reducing maternal and newborn illnesses and deaths in Dedza, Ntcheu and Mchinji districts. Speaking in an interview recently, Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Newborn Health (RBF4MNH) deputy director Reagan Kaluluma said since 2012, the programme has constructed…

Senior chiefs ask Germany govt to extend programme

  Some senior chiefs in the Southern Region have pleaded with Germany to continue supporting government-owned Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) programme. RBF4MNH is a Malawi government programme financed by Germany and Royal Norwegian governments to enhance quality of care, increasing institutional deliveries and improve infrastructure development. The chiefs—Paramount Chief Kawinga of…

Dealing with GBV to end HIV

A ghastly silence enveloped the Sapitwa Room at Crossroads in Lilongwe recently when young girls testified on gender-based violence (GBV). Tears of shame, guilty, pain and unbelief eminating from inaction to stop the perpetuation of violence against girls engulfed nearly all the Chinansi Foundation sponsored interface participants. Priscilla Phiri (not real name), 16, from Mtandile…

Govt ponders Kasinje Health Centre upgrade

Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi says government will look into the possibility of upgrading Kasinje Health Centre in Ntcheu to a rural hospital. He described the distance from Kasinje to Ntcheu District Hospital as unacceptable, saying that government will ensure there is a rural hospital in the lakeshore area. Speaking on Wednesday when he inspected…

Balaka District impresses,  declared ODF area

  Balaka District was on Monday officially declared open defaecation free (ODF) after two of its remaining traditional authorities (T/As)—Msamala and Nkaya— attained the status. Speaking during the official certification, Minister of Health and Population Services Atupele Muluzi said the country is on the right path to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2. The goal…

Machinga District Hospital has one wheelchair

  Machinga District Hospital, which serves over 600 000 people, has been operating with only one functional wheelchair, it has been established. In view of this, Machinga Development Association (MDA) on Friday donated six wheelchairs to ease mobility of patients at the hospital. Speaking during handover, MDA chairperson Brighton Mbaya said it was sad that…

Mthundu villagers get first-ever borehole

  There was ululation and dancing in Mthundu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitola in Machinga on Thursday when villagers witnessed the launch of the first-ever borehole in the area. Speaking during the launch of three boreholes Circle for Integrated Community Development (Cicod) drilled with funding from Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-Malawi), group village head Napwanga…

NGO promotes ART adherence

  Centre for Human Rights and Institute for National Social Initiative (Chinansi) Foundation) has said the high anti-retroviral therapy (ART) default rate in Malawi is retrogressive in the HIV and Aids response. Speaking in Mchinji on Friday, Chinansi Foundation project officer Furaha Kaluwa said they want to reduce HIV and Aids mortality, morbidity and transmission…

Pregnant women on hunger  strike at Balaka Hospital

  Pregnant women at Balaka District Hospital went on a hunger strike last week to force the hospital’s management to discipline a nurse they accused of gross negligence. In an interview, Enele Suwedison of Pendanyama Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Ganya in Ntcheu, said women at the maternity waiting shelter were angry  because a male nurse…

Germany, Norway commit to maternal health

  Germany and Royal Norwegian governments have pledged to continue supporting the country’s health sector, especially the Results-Based Funding for Maternal and Newborn Health (RBF4MNH) programme. Speaking in Dedza on Wednesday when German Ambassador Juergen Borsch and Norwegian Embassy deputy head of mission Bjarne Garden joined Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi when he visited Dedza…

MP Lunguzi reignites hospital user-fees debate

Parliamentary Committee on Health chairperson Juliana Lunguzi has reignited the debate on user-fees in public hospitals as one way of enhancing service delivery and boosting health workers’ morale. Speaking during results dissemination of Cycle 14 Results-Based Financing for Maternal and Newborn Health (RBF4MNH) rewards in- Lilongwe, Lunguzi who is member of Parliament for Dedza East…

Tambala Health Centre project in limbo

  Lack of documentation has led to the stalling of the Tambala Health Centre project in Ntcheu. Speaking last Friday at Bilila during a meeting organised by the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Ntcheu Bwanje South member of Parliament Goodwin Kanjere (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) said Tambala Health Centre construction started during former president Joyce Banda’s…

Napas for increased ‘agricultural science’ reporting

New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support (Napas) Malawi has said enhanced reporting on innovation, technology and science in agriculture can enhance Malawi’s economy. Speaking recently in Lilongwe, during a media workshop under the theme ‘Communicating Science for Agricultural Impact’, Napas senior programme manager and policy analyst Arthur Mabiso, said agricultural transformation will happen faster if media…

IITA warns of aflatoxin, offering free testing

  The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has said integrated management of aflatoxin in the country will develop commercially ready cost-effective biological control that will improve crop quality, income and health. Speaking in an interview at Chitedze Research Station in Lilongwe, IITA research technician Gibson Mkwinda said although there has been an increase in…

Five die in road accident

  Five people died on the spot and two others were seriously injured yesterday morning when a car they were travelling in hit an electric pole near Salima Turn-Off in Ntcheu. According to Ntcheu Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu, the vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser registration MG 5559 belonging to Chitipa District Agricultural Office, was…

Nyala Mines constructs, rehabilitates school blocks

  The Dzonze District Development Fund (DDDF), a $1million (about K730 million) corporate social responsibility (CSR) vehicle of Nyala Mining Limited in Ntcheu, has completed construction of two new school blocks and rehabilitation of two others at Kandoma Primary School. Speaking in an interview, DDDF vice-chairperson Damison Chikhosi said Kandoma Primary School had insufficient classroom…