Tags: NAC

NGOs, councils clash on projects for lack of MoU

Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been accused of not using laid down procedures when starting operations in districts, a development that causes duplication of activities, among others. A tour to Nsanje, Mulanje and Phalombe districts last week revealed that district councils are struggling to keep track of some NGOs which implement projects without seeking approval…

Nkhata Bay misses male circumcision target

  Nkhata Bay district health office (DHO) has failed to meet the voluntary medical male circumcision(VMMC) district target of 850 clients by circumcising only 327 clients during last month’s national campaign. Nkhata Bay DHO VMMC coordinator, Khumbo Nyasulu said this during a meeting for the district heads of department (district executive committee) in the lakeshore…

Safeguarding a future workforce

  At Chintheche Health Centre, health workers are inundated by teen pregnancies. Livingstonia Synod Aids Programme (Lisap), which is striving to combat high rates of school dropouts and early marriages in the shoreline part of Nkhata Bay, reports midwives at the healthcare facility had seen about 94 by June this year—with a likelihood of hitting…

Safe motherhood initiative faces collapse

  The Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood (PIMHSM) faces uncertain future due to limited donor financing, something that has forced the initiative to scale down on operations and cut the number of jobs, Nation on Sunday has learnt. According to PIMHSM executive summary on the situation, which we have sourced, the initiative…

Circumcision sites risk early closure

  Voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) site at Mwanza District Hospital risks closure today if authorities do not supply it with basic medical materials for VMMC, The Nation has learnt. During a media tour to the site on Thursday organised by Ministry of Health, 17 days since the circumcision campaign, funded by World Bank through…

BT synod graduates 150 couples, renew their vows

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) on Sunday graduated 150 couples after they had undergone a month long training to strengthen the capacities of families and communities to improve their quality of life. Apart from receiving certificates to symbolise their fulfilment of a module in communication between husband and wife, the…

Inadequate bursaries hit needy learners in Ntchisi

Inadequate bursaries in secondary schools in Ntchisi are preventing intelligent needy students from proceeding with their education in the district, The Nation has learnt. This came to light at Chafumbwa Primary School ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikho in the district where Ntchisi Youth Organisation for Development (Noyd) launched a child protection awareness campaign. Speaking…

Government eyes K95bn from global fund

Malawi has requested The Global Fund to release about K95.2 billion ($207.64 million) of the available $574.3 million (around K245 billion) funding to maintain thousands of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) submitted to The Global Fund two concept notes worth $574.3 million covering the period between 2015 and 2017. The…

Global fund dumps NAC

I  It failed to meet funding criteria—MCC  l  ActionAid, World Vision to help Govt Embattled National Aids Commission (NAC), which has lately been embroiled in funding controversies, has been stripped of its long-time status as principal recipient of Global Fund grants, Ministry of Health confirmed this week. Minister of Health Jean Kalilani attributed the development…

NACgate: Audit exposes abuse at NAC, queries funding to JBF

While the dust is yet to settle on the uproar sparked by revelations that National Aids Commission (NAC) funded First Lady’s Beam Trust and Mulhako wa Alhomwe, an investigation into NAC operations has exposed details of how State House and Joyce Banda Foundation International(JBFI) obtained the commission’s resources under dubious circumstances between 2013 and 2014.…

CSOs ask First Lady to refund NAC money

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country have given First Lady Gertrude Mutharika seven days to return the money her organisation Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust took from National Aids Commission (NAC) or they will hold national demonstrations. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, one of the CSO leaders, Martha Kwataine, said the President’s spouse knew exactly…

Beam Trust, Mulhako bombard NAC with funding requests

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust and tribal grouping Mulhako wa Alhomwe in September this year asked for money amounting to about K15 million (about $30 000) from National Aids Commission (NAC) to fund activities that have nothing to do with the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic, Weekend Nation can report. NAC is…

NAC boss sent on forced leave

Government has sent National Aids Commission (NAC) executive director Thomas Bisika on forced leave effective Monday, October 6 2014, to pave way for investigations, which government is yet to make public. The NAC executive board, which met on Tuesday in Lilongwe, recommended the measure. In an interview on Tuesday, Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa confirmed Bisika’s forced leave. “We…