Set to walk again

It has been eight years since Gibson Mangulenje, previously a farmer from Yepa Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitukula in Lilongwe woke up with a swollen toe on his right leg which later led to the amputation of both of his legs. After a visit to the hospital when he could not bear the pain of…

Malawi reduces stunting

  Malawi has reduced stunting among children from 47 percent to 37 percent in the past decade, which experts say is a sign of improved nutrition and food security. Former vice-president Justin Malewezi, who is also lead convenor of the Zero Hunger and Malnutrition Strategic Review in Malawi, made the observation on Friday in Lilongwe…

Restoring women’s glory

  Every day, Monica Mwale, 23, sets off for work to Bwaila Fistula Care Centre in Lilongwe. The woman from Kadamwale Village in Kasungu is among survivors of obstetric fistula who produce 150-180 reusable sanitary pads a week to raise funds for treatment of patients of the degrading condition caused by birth complications. She got…

Childbearing by choice

  When founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda opened Salima District Hospital in 1989, five women were giving birth there every day. Almost three decades on, up to 30 babies are born every day at the hospital, which serves a population of about 450 000. Like most districts, the shoreline setting is grappling with rapid population…

Extended family on trial

Call him John Phiri to conceal his identity. The troubled childhood of the  young man, who spent 18 years in an orphanage as a boy, still exposes him to stigma. His mother died when he was six weeks old and his father followed a year later. Little John and his four siblings were uprooted from…

Giving girls a second chance

  For 17-year-old Jessie Nkhoma from Buza Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Lukwa in Kasungu, each farming season comes with a demand for her time. In rural Malawi, engaging children in farming is a norm. Jessie says she wakes up around 4am everyday to join her parents in the fields. They are smallholder farmers and this…

Joyce Mvula awarded for great performance

Head coach for top England netball outfit Manchester Thunder, Karen Greig once commented that when Malawi’s 24-year-old netballer Joyce Mvula is on her game, she is unstoppable. It is no wonder that she was named Players’ Player of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year at the end of season ceremony held in…

Mending broken hearts

Mercy Kasito, 25, had a hard time accepting the death of a friend who succumbed to cancer last year. She suffered pain, denial and frustrations to the point of giving up on life. “Her death robbed me of the hope and belief of life after such a loss in particular pursuing my dreams. So, after…

Margaret Sapezeka: Executive director for Cise

It was early 2013 when Margaret Sapezeka volunteered as a community facilitator with Peace Corps Malawi, alongside other volunteers from the United States of America. However, they needed to work with a local youth non-governmental organisation (NGO) to implement their programmes in Mchinji. The Community Initiative for Social Empowerment (Cise) turned out to be the…

Youths corps impacting on communities

As youths continue to understand the need to impact on the lives of others, many of them have joined CorpsAfrica Malawi, becoming part of the solution to the challenges affecting their communities. Corps Africa is a non-profit organisation founded in 2011 by a former Peace Corps volunteer seeking to recognise and build on Peace Corps…

Bushiri prays for Malawi

  South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) on Saturday led Malawians in special prayers for his native country, urging mindset change to achieve positive transformation. Bushiri, fondly addressed as Major Prophet by his followers, said time has come for Malawians to stand up and contribute to changing their country…

  We have often heard people talk about things they do not like about their partners and assure themselves that they would change them once they get married. The wise say that no one can change another person, and that God can. The smartest thing anyone can do is to accept a partner the way…

Women gear up for ‘Duku’ tea party

Good food, glamorous outfits, empowering lessons, powerful speakers and engaging conversations will characterise the Ladies High Tea, an all women event slated for Saturday at Area 10’s Plot 474 in Lilongwe. One of the signatures in the dress code is a head wrap, which one of the organisers, Fawzia Osman, says is a way of…

11 models join Lilly Alfonso brand

  Lilly Alfonso (LA) Fashion and Design Company has added 11 more models to its brand to model the company’s garments. The fashion designer says with constant changes in fashion, Lilly Alfonso saw the need to have varying tastes in models to fit various images and looks from the company’s collection of garments. “Fashion changes…

Childhood cancer on the rise

  On November 21 2016, Megga Kandulu’s four-year-old son fell ill and she took her to a health centre. He tested negative for Malaria, but was prescribed injections for three days and Bactrim. Four days later, they returned as he never improved. “He was re-tested for Malaria and full blood count which showed his blood…

Help Kate get a kidney transplant

Four-year-old Kate likes to play with her dolls and dressing them up, just like any little girl her age. She is the princess of the Mtewa family living in Lilongwe. She has a beautiful life with her two siblings, a nine-year and six months old; and their single mother Prisca Mtewa. However, what Kate considered…