September, 2013

Video: Malawi President, Dr Joyce Banda addressing the 68th UN General Assembly

Posted on 30 Sep 2013 at 10:51pm

If we cannot uplift the people that are in our rural areas, as is the case for many developing countries, to earn decent income in the household, the vicious cycle of population growth, malnutrition, maternal risks and poverty will remain with us.

That’s why I emphasise the need for transformational initiatives just like the way we have started with the Mudzi Transformational Trust Initiative to create opportunities for our people across all income groups and help us realize our dream of shared prosperity. This is key to restoring the dignity of our people and this is my government’s vision for all of us in our nation

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First 100 advanced cookstoves arrive at the trial sites in Malawi, 10.000 in the next 6months

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 1:29pm

The Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS) received its first batch of 100 advanced cookstoves at its trial sites in Malawi (pictured). During the next 6 months the sites will receive eight 40ft container loads containing 10,000 cookstoves. This cluster randomised trial investigates an advanced cookstove intervention to prevent pneumonia in children under 5 in Malawi.

The two year study will track 10,000 children aged under five who live in randomised villages in Chikhwawa and Chilumba in Malawi. The homes of the children involved in the study will be supplied with two clean cookstoves to see if the new stoves…

The ten year transformation of Malawi’s MAJETE RESERVE

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 at 2:21pm

(TRAVPR.COM) UKSeptember 26th, 2013 – Marking one of Africa’s best conversation success stories in recent years, on Saturday September 28th, 2013, African Parks will hold a ten year celebration in honour of the amazing transformation of Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve – from desolate area devoid of wildlife into a thriving BIG 5 destination. The Majete project has proven to be an immense success since 2003 when the Government of Malawi entered into a 25-year public private partnership with African Parks for the rehabilitation, development and management of the Reserve.

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Glascow City donates 2 bin lorries to the people of Malawi

Posted on 23 Sep 2013 at 10:10am

The two vehicles have been in service with Glasgow City Council for the past seven years but have reached the end of their working life.

Councillors agreed to donate two refuse lorries to Malawi, at an executive meeting last week.

The lorries will be taken out to Malawi later this month, and used by Lilongwe City Assembly, the local council there.

Councillor Alistair Watson, executive member for Land and Environmental Services, said…

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Lilongwe, Malawi – First conference of DREAM partners in Malawi

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

The first conference in Malawi of DREAM’s project partners took place last August 20th at the Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.

The conference was an opportunity to bring together those who in these 9 years of history of the DREAM program in the country have worked on its development and rooting in the Malawian context.

The conference was attended by delegates from 35 different organizations that represented the world of donors, other NGOs cooperating and collaborating with the program, the Government of Malawi as well as representatives of the business world and the most important commercial banks of…

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Malawi: Nine senior police officers jailed for 14 years each for fraud

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 at 12:43pm
AFP A court in Malawi has jailed nine senior police officers to 14 years each for fraud, a prosecutor said Monday. The officers, most of them at superintendent rank, were convicted of stealing a total of 55 million kwacha ($164,000 / 123,000 euro) from police coffers. “The nine had formed a network with civilians to siphon money from the Malawi Police Service through over-requisitioning of salaries and also underpaying taxes,” police prosecutor Happy Mkandawire told AFP. Mkandawire, who led the prosecution team, said the nine were part of an original group of 15 suspects arrested in 2009 during a “clean-up exercise” of…

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Irish Aid programme cuts Malaria death rate in Malawi by 95%

Posted on 12 Sep 2013 at 9:31pm

Last month, World and Media reported that an Irish Aid supported hospital partnership was associated with an 86 per cent reduction in maternal mortality and a 50 percent drop in stillbirths and early neonatal deaths in the Omdurman Maternity Hospital in Sudan. Today (September 12), the Government’s programme for overseas development, Irish Aid, published its annual report with some even more striking evidence for its effectiveness:

Ethiopia: Almost 7 million people protected from hunger in 2012 through an Irish Aid supported programme, which provides cash or food in exchange for work to improve agriculture…

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Glascow Pupils and apprentices ready for Malawi trip

Posted on 12 Sep 2013 at 9:50am

A total of 13 pupils from Glasgow’s secondary schools were chosen to join the expedition.

They will be followed by a team of construction workers on a mercy mission to provide modern medical facilities.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, whose office sponsors the tradesmen’s Malawi trip, said: “It makes me extremely proud that staff from the council and City Building are so willing to help the people of Malawi.

“To the new apprentices,…