Farmers advised to enhance moringa production

  Moringa Miracles Limited says it is reaching out to smallholder farmers planting moringa trees to increase production as international demand for moringa oil is growing steadily. Moringa Miracles Limited programmes manager Dave Nkhoma said due to the increase in demand, his company is engaging smallholder farmers in Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Nsanje and Chikwawa to…

‘Mining a health hazard in Balaka’

  Balaka district labour officer Edson Luchapa says mining in residential areas puts people at risk of contracting airborne diseases, especially tuberculosis (TB). Speaking last week in the district during integrated labour inspection conducted under World Bank-funded TB in Mines Project, he said it is sad to see that employers are ignoring labour occupational safety…

Yoneco offers free computer lessons

immoral behaviour and prepare them for the next step in their educational pursuits, Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco) in Balaka is teaching the youngsters computer basics during the school holidays. Yoneco acting district manager for Balaka Jacob Phiri said his organisation embarked on the initiative to keep the youth occupied. “We have 30 youths who…

Manerela+ for inclusive HIV and Aids fight

  Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by HIV and Aids (Manerela+) says equipping religious leaders with knowledge on sexuality can help fast-track the fight against the pandemic. Speaking on Tuesday in Balaka when the organisation briefed religious and civil society organisations (CSOs) leaders on issues related to sexuality, Manerela+ manager Harold…

Low youth HIV testing patronage worries NGO

    The Community of Saint Egidio’s Disease Relief  Excellent Advanced Means (Dream.2) has bemoaned the low number of youths going for HIV testing and counselling (HTC). Speaking recently in Balaka during the launch of National Aids Commission (NAC) funded Consolidating HIV fight through 90:90:90 Strategy, Dream.2 national director Lawrence Alumando said the youth should…

Women’s Caucus takes gender laws to communities

  Parliamentary Women’s Caucus (PWC) has said the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act should be simplified and popularised among the public to have an impact. Speaking on Monday at Nsamala Court, Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri, who is Balaka West legislator and a member of the Caucus, said sensitising the community, duty-bearers and traditional leaders would…

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…