Reducing stunting at household level

On a sun-lit May afternoon, Elizabeth Maulidi, 34, from group village head Chibothera’s area in Nkhotakota arrives from a maize mill which is about two kilometres (km) from where she lives. The mother of three is in the company of her first-born daughter, both of them carrying children on their backs. The two children are…

Programme to help farmers increase productivity

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has pledged to support the farmer-to-farmer programme for its role in complementing government’s efforts in empowering farmers to increase productivity. The ministry’s director of agriculture extension services Jerome Ching’onda-Nkhoma said this at the launch of the Farmer to Farmer programme, under which American volunteers provide technical…

Reducing human waste

  According to the recent census, the country’s population has grown from 13 million to 17.6 million since 2008. This increases pressure on sanitation facilities, especially in cities and other urban areas which are receiving people leaving rural areas in search of better economic prospects. In Lilongwe City’s Area 22, hairdresser Aisha Osman is among…

Rural households improve nutrition

  Malnutrition and stunting have become a thing of the past in Chitsulo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwadzama in Nkhotakota following the adoption of improved agricultural and nutritional practices. The development follows the application of the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, a European Union-funded project being implemented by Oxfam and Catholic Health Services in Lilongwe,…

Ministry moves to boost agriculture productivity

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has pledged to support farmer-to-farmer programmes, saying they complement government’s efforts to increase productivity. The ministry’s director of agriculture extension services Jerome Ching’onda-Nkhoma said this at the launch of the farmer-to-farmer programme under which qualified American volunteers provide technical assistance to local farmers, farmer groups, agri-businesses and…

Warehouse excites Dowa farmers

  Farmers from Mvera in Dowa are excited with the newly- constructed warehouse courtesy of Agriculture Commodities Exchange (ACE) for Africa and are are optimistic that they will now sell their produce at their desired prices. The warehouse, currently under Mgwirizano Cooperative, will serve about 3 000 farmers from Mvera Extension Planning Area. Speaking on…

‘Over 5 700 people treated in camps’

The Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) has said over 5 700 flood survivors have been treated in camps by the society and other doctors volunteering in districts affected by floods. Speaking in an interview on Friday, SMD president Amos Nyaka said out of the 5 700 treated, 650 require surgical follow up treatment, leading the…

Centre to address health needs for 72 villages

A new health centre in Tongozala Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mchinji is expected to ease the burden thousands of people living in and around the village faced in walking 20 kilometres to the hospital. People around the area were walking to the district hospital or Mkanda Health Centre to access medical care. Speaking…

WHO hails Malawi on UHC

World Health Organisation (WHO) acting representative Fabian Ndenzako hailed Malawi’s progress towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), a concept that seeks to ensure all Malawians access essential and quality health services without facing financial hardship. He said this on Friday in Lilongwe during the commemoration of the World Health Day held under the theme Universal…

Contractors handover KIA radar equipment

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) says the new radar equipment at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe will satisfy one of the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao). Icao mandates contracting States to have surveillance systems within airports that handle international flights. Speaking on Friday in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a signing…

Malawi commits to address environmental issues

Malawi has expressed commitment in addressing some of the environmental issues affecting communities in the country. This was part of the resolutions made at the fourth session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (Unea) held in Nairobi, Kenya last week under the theme Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption. On his…

Fees forcing Mchinji students out of school

Myness Kayange, 35, works as a part time herder at Likasi Livestock Farm. It is a male-dominated field and she is the only female—the first ever at the farm. But she has no choice. She desperately needs the K30 000 she earns per month. Kayange, from Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlonyeni in Mchinji, took up the…

KIA rehab touted to improve capacity, safety

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)  says the expansion and rehabilitation of Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe will boost the facility’s capacity and ensure safety of aircrafts.  DCA head of air traffic management Alex Jabu said this on Wednesday on the sidelines of a media tour to appreciate rehabilitation works that the new radar…

Bumpy road to gender parity

The country is on the cusp of losing the gains she has made to increase the number of women in elected positions. Tallies of candidates approved by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) show that the majority of women will contest as independents. This could be a sign that political parties remain male-dominated set-ups and more needs…

Making mental health work

Just last month, Maida Godfrey completed a six-week mental health treatment at St John of God Hospital in Lilongwe. Not long ago, the 37-year-old lost her mind and no longer cared much about herself and anyone around her. When she moved in, she was “hearing some voices” and vehemently objected to take medication. Interestingly, she…

Malawi to scale up hygiene efforts

Government says it is committed to improving water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) practices in the country to prevent Wash-related illnesses and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.  SDG 6 urges countries to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defaecation by 2030. Chief of health services in the…

Delegates bang heads over sanitation

Over 1 200 delegates from 84 countries are expected to brainstorm potential solutions to sanitation and hygiene woes in Africa at the fifth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and AfricaSan joint conference underway in Cape Town, South Africa. Poor sanitation and open defeacation continues to cause deaths among people in Africa through diseases such as cholera…

Good Neighbours delivers Kadifula CDSS

Students at Kadifula Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Kasungu were all smiles on Friday when Good Neighbours presented them with a new school. The school project, which started in 2017 in Sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Chambwe’s area, followed the dilapidated state of what used to be Kadifula CDSS. It includes four classroom blocks, a library…

Zathu pa Wailesi impacting youths

Zathu pa Wailesi, a drama series aired on Zodiak Broadcasting Station, Yoneco Radio, MBC Radio 2, and some community radio stations, is impacting and changing lives of young people. Zathu brand ambassador Taonga Nyirongo, speaking in an interview, gave the example of a girl who dropped out of school after falling pregnant in Machinga but…