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…

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…

Making full use of waste

Town life has its share of hassles. Even waste disposal in some areas of the country’s cities require payment. This is mostly true for some parts of Lilongwe such as Katondo, areas six, 22, 24, and 47 where residents pay private waste collectors to dispose of garbage. But not everyone can afford that. Where city…

‘We are still in danger’

They are not animals to be hunted, but they are murdered, scorned, threatened and captured because of a skin-deep condition. People with albinism in Malawi are being waylaid like game in horrid attacks fuelled by a superstition that their parts can bring good luck and wealth. President Peter Mutharika termed the belief “stupid and absurd”,…

Smelly side of Lilongwe

It is December 20 around 8am and many Lilongwe residents are shopping for presents for Christmas. But Moses Bandawe, 19, and his peers are scouring leftovers and rotten goods sourced from piles of waste at Area 38 Dumpsite in Lilongwe. For these young Malawians, it is business as usual. All day, they await trucks hauling…

Girls growing too quick

Gaps in social welfare and child protection systems keep pushing poor girls to become parents too young. At 12, Zaina Howard, who lost her mother last year, was forced to take over almost all parental roles in her poor family. Her father, who has a mobility problem, relies on proceeds from piecework in the neighbourhood.…

New guidelines to empower prosecutors, says DPP

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale says the newly-launched prosecution guidelines on nuisance-related offenses empowers prosecutors to exercise professionalism in their duties . Nuisance-related offenses include common nuisance, idle and disorderly offences, and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. Kachale was speaking when she launched the guidelines on Friday in Lilongwe following collaborative…

The relief that is inoculants

Not too long ago, 43-year-old Ali Chande was just like any ordinary farmer in Katuli Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Katuli in Mangochi. Having tried different types of crops, the father of three decided to go into soya farming and joined Chifundo Farmers Club under National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi’s (Nasfam) Katuli Group Action Committee.…

Agriculture forum decries low innovation uptake

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (Fara) has decried the low spirit of innovation on the continent, a development which has affected the development the agricultural sector. Fara lead specialist on innovation systems and partnerships, Professor Wole Fatunbi, made the observation last week in Lilongwe when the initiative trained trainers in the agriculture sectorsfrom…