Being a family with albinism

When 24-year-old Lukiyasi Boniface from Chinkhu Village, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District married his sweetheart about three years ago, little did he thought that theirs would be no ordinary marriage. While most couples in their village are usually found together going to the market, to the garden, to see relatives living in far away…

Arts meet albinism awareness campaign

  People in Senior Chief Nankumba’s area had a full dose of fun on Tuesday when an albinism awareness meeting, which took place in their area, was filled with artistic activities such as songs, dances and drama performances. The activity, whose main aim was to raise awareness on protecting the rights of persons with albinism…

Urine tests for faster TB diagnosis

  Diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV is not easy. In this article, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA highlights  trials that could reverse the trend   Tuberculosis (TB) continues to pose a significant challenge to the country’s efforts to end death of people living with HIV. Globally, the disease remains the main cause…

Zomba DC applauds UN Women on albinism

  Zomba district commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Bambe has commended UN Women for its awareness campaigns on protecting the rights of persons with albinism. Speaking at Namitembo Parish in Zomba Chingale on Saturday during an awareness meeting, the DC said as much as the district council wants persons with albinism to be protected, it cannot do…

CCJP trains chiefs’  tribunals in Phalombe

  The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has drilled chiefs’ tribunals from six traditional authorities (T/As) in Phalombe District on how to deal with gender-based violence (GBV). The two-day training was held under a primary justice project which CCJP is implementing in the district with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International…

Four women, no winner

  Only four women contested in last week’s by-elections and none of them won. Gone is a one-off opportunity to increase the number of women in Parliament and councils. Our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA caught up with lawyer and gender rights activist Ngeyi Kanyongolo on low women participation in politics. Q1 : How do you…

Slow to stop vampires

For many, ‘east or west, home is best’ is no new saying. However, the killing of seven people in Mulanje, Nsanje and Thyolo believed to be bloodsuckers has turned homes into no-go zones to their migrant sons and daughters. For weeks, reports have been awash of townspeople being warned against visiting their homelands after sunset.…

Bloody blow on Mt Mulanje

  When a Belgian couple visited Malawi last month, they wanted to experience the marvels of the highest tourist destinations in ‘the warm heart of Africa’. As they drove past the picturesque tea fields of Lujeri at the foot of Mulanje Mountain, they did not expect to get a beating and have their vehicle damaged…

British envoy decries health sector corruption

  British High Commissioner Holly Tett says corruption and theft in the health sector are eroding the gains the country has made, preventing poor and vulnerable people from benefiting from investments made over the years. Tett, speaking in an interview on the sidelines of Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run event at Queen Elizabeth…

Rumours disrupt blood collection

  Fury is pronounced on the faces of Mabuka villagers in Mulanje, the source of rumours that mystic people are sucking blood day and night. The enraged citizens in this remote part of Mulanje District are ready to attack any stranger before they are attacked. The mood is equally tense in Phalombe and Nsanje where…

K88m raised for Blantyre mothers

A record K88 million and various medical supplies have been raised in this year’s safe motherhood initiative, dubbed Mother’s Fun Run, organised by Nation Publications Limited and its partners, organisers of the annual event disclosed yesterday. The money and supplies, which include oxygen concentrators, baby weighing machines, uniforms for health workers and beds and mattresses,…

Love gone wrong

  In September 2010, Malawi was shaken with a story of how Linda Gasa, a pregnant 25-year-old Zimbabwean, student at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) in Blantyre, was murdered under suspicious circumstances. Her married lover Misonzi Chanthunya stands accused of the murder. Chanthunya, fled to South Africa following his alleged crime and he has been…

Experiencing maternal woes firsthand

She wanted to have a feel of the challenges pregnant women in Malawi face when accessing health care. She could have done this by just visiting a maternity section at one of the hospitals in the country. But that is not what she did. Instead, British High Commissioner Holly Tett left the comfort of her…

‘Fight against TB registering progress’

  National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) manager Dr James Mpunga has said Malawi is on the right track in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) as it continues to do well on indicators set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). He said this in Lilongwe last week during a three-day media professional meeting on TB. Mpunga…

‘Political framework has failed to evolve’

Political pressure group Transformation Alliance (TA) held its first national conference on August 25 in Blantyre where calls for speedy implementation of constitutional reforms to reduce presidential powers and give governance institutions more powers were raised. Subsequently, the Alliance released a communiqué from the conference last week. The communiqué also echoed the calls that were…

Trust launches Science for All project

Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) has launched a Science for All (Sci4o) Project to inspire upper primary and secondary school learners to take up careers in biomedical and clinical science research. The project will use film shows, workshops and career guidance for students in selected schools in three education divisions, namely South West, South East and…