Zaithwa Fabiano-research scientist

They say everyone has the strength, the patience and passion to reach for the moon and that if you fall, you will land on the stars. Such an inspiration quote is worth sharing. This is the story of Zaithwa Fabiano, a research scientist who is leading on creating a cervical cancer telemedicine system. Telemedicine is…

Ruth Mumba, helping Mbando village with health and technology

Ruth Mumba started volunteering when she was 17-years-old. Her volunteering spirit took her to enriching 95 households from a Facebook encounter in Mbando village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mposa in Machinga- through a non-profit organisation, Abundance. Abundance was founded by three friends, Deepa Pullanikkatil from Swaziland, Cyril Anand from Qatar and Thangam Pillai in India. Deepa…

Charity Salima: Nurse and Midwife Extraordinaire

While others practise nursing and midwifery just to earn a living, the story is different for 60-year-old midwife, Charity Salima who comes from Lichale Village, T/A Mankhambira in NkhataBay. After retiring as nurse and midwife in the civil service, Salima went on to establish Achikondi Women’s Clinic in Lilongwe’s populous Area 23 Township to provide…

Juliana Kaduya, Mayor of Lilongwe City

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Chilinde 1 Ward Councillor, Juliana Kaduya is Mayor of Lilongwe City, the first female elected in the city. However, she follows in the footsteps of first female mayor elected in Zomba city the late Joana Ntaja and her successor Melia Likoswe Douglas. Lilongwe City is the largest of the three…

HIV cure in babies possible—researcher

Johns Hopkins Research Project country director Sufia Dadabhai says emerging opportunities can cure HIV. She said this at Blantyre Youth Centre on Monday during Johns Hopkins Family Day held to celebrate the organisation’s 30 years of operations in Malawi. “It’s amazing that in 2019 we can even be talking about curing HIV,” she said. Dadabhai…

Agnes Kanjala creating digital financial platforms/ uplifting farmers lives

Agnes Kanjala designs digital financial services products geared toward achieving financial inclusion in Malawi and Zambia. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow, a flagship of Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) which draws outstanding young people making a difference in their communities across Africa. Attending Oklahoma State University, in the US on leadership in business…

Catherine Gotani Hara

 Catherine Gotani Hara is the First Female Speaker of Parliament in the history of Malawi, a lawmaker with the country’s main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP). She has served the country in various capacities both from the professional sphere to political spaces. “I thank God for the opportunity. I am humbled,” says Gotani Hara…

Breaking the silence on menstruation

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day that raises awareness and combats taboos associated with menstrual hygiene. It aims to enable women and girls to achieve their full potential. Many girls continue to face the wall in conversations to do with menstruation and many boys have not been brought up to speed on the subject. Access…

PolyMed Sacco surplus down 41% to K40m

  PolyMed Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) has posted a K40 million surplus in the year ended December 31 2018, a 41 percent drop from the previous year’s K68.7 million. Speaking during the 22nd Annual General Meeting in Blantyre on Tuesday, the Sacco’s chairperson Albu Mkomadzinja attributed the drop to a harsh business environment characterised…

Towera nyirenda: the crown of three sports

Many families have contributed so much to the joys, freedoms and successes of this country. Many more continue to fly high Malawi’s flag in the international arena. The victories wouldn’t be complete in sports, especially without highlighting Malawi’s own Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, the 31-year-old unwavering defender, whose skills have been a rock for the national netball…