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2016 ADDRESS BY H.E PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA, PRESIDENT OF MALAWI ON THE STATE OF THE NATION

2016 ADDRESS BY H.E PROF. ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA, PRESIDENT OF MALAWI ON THE STATE OF THE NATION

Posted on 23 Nov 2016 at 7:48pm

My Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour and privilege to address you all today. It is important that I must update you on developments that have taken place in our country since I last delivered the State of the Nation Address in May this year. In so doing, I will also outline the measures that Government has put in place to address some of the challenges that our country has been facing in the recent past.

My Fellow Malawians, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Accepting the presence of a problem is the first stage in solving any problem. Let us admit that our country has, over the past…

More flooding expected in stricken Malawi as Red Cross appeals for 2.6 million Swiss francs in emergency funding

More flooding expected in stricken Malawi as Red Cross appeals for 2.6 million Swiss francs in emergency funding

Posted on 26 Jan 2015 at 3:57pm

LILONGWE, Malawi, January 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With more rain expected in flood-stricken Malawi and camps for displaced people overwhelmed, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal for 2.6 million Swiss francs to help 42,000 desperate people.

Heavy rains have ceased for now but are forecast to return and could continue for weeks. “The chance of more flooding remains high,” said Michael Charles, IFRC’s acting regional representative in southern Africa. “A dire situation could be exacerbated. Things could go from bad to worse.”

Figures of how…

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Concern as HIV-positive Malawians abandon ARVs on church advice

Concern as HIV-positive Malawians abandon ARVs on church advice

Posted on 15 May 2014 at 1:46pm

More than 2,600 people living with HIV in Balaka district in southern Malawi have allegedly abandoned the anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs following advice from some religious leaders, APA learnt here Tuesday. Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA) executive director Robert Ngaiyaye said the development has led to an increase in AIDS-related deaths in the area.

“The development is undermining efforts by government and other cooperating partners in increasing access to drugs and medication for the condition,” he said.

He said some religious beliefs promoted divine healing without encouraging confirmation by health professionals.

He added that prayers heal, God heals, but need to accept as a…

Boys being robbed of their private parts in Malawi

Boys being robbed of their private parts in Malawi

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 at 1:04pm

He was just an innocent boy who always dreamed to be a man someday in future. But when his private parts disappeared mysteriously over a year ago in an accident, he has had to contend with trauma, a situation which has worsened as justice, his only hope, gets murkier. CLIFTON KAWANGA tells this story of injustice.

Promise (real name withheld) is not the first one to have his private parts removed; he…

K385 Million Maternity Facility Under Construction in Mangochi

K385 Million Maternity Facility Under Construction in Mangochi

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 at 12:28pm

A K385 million maternity wing is under construction in Mangochi thanks to the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) which has provided financial resources for the state of the art facility, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has established.

The construction of the multi-million maternity clinic has been located at the district’s old hospital premises where dilapidated staff houses have since been demolished.

Speaking in an interview with the state news agency acting Director of Planning and Development for Mangochi District Council, Ernest Kadzokoya said the maternity wing would bring relief to the district hospital considering that the maternity ward was usually congested.

Kadzokoya said…

People on ARVs prevent transmission by 96 per cent – UNAIDS

People on ARVs prevent transmission by 96 per cent – UNAIDS

Posted on 01 Dec 2013 at 4:41am

UNAIDS says research has shown that people who are on Anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment have lesser chances of transmitting the virus to their unprotected partners by 96 per cent.

Speaking at a press conference in readiness for the commemoration of World AIDS Day in Kasungu, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Malawi Amakobe Sande said so far there have been great progress in the fight against HIV.

According to Sande new science has proved that the world is getting closer to an HIV free generation as research has shown that people on treatment have very low chances of transmitting the virus.

“Yes, it is…

Malawi: Chiefs Want Liquor Sachets Banned

Malawi: Chiefs Want Liquor Sachets Banned

Posted on 03 Nov 2013 at 4:45pm

Traditional Chiefs in the country have asked Government to ban sachet liquor beer which they argue is contributing to a number of problems facing the youth in the country.

The chiefs also claim that because sachets are cheap and easily accessed, many youth have lost focus in life and involved in immoral behavior.

Paramount Lundu told Malawi News Agency that chiefs feel it necessary for government to take action and ban production and selling of sachets if the country is to have a bright future and productive citizens.

“To be honest with you, these liquor sachets are killing the future of this…

Cut out international medical service privileges for govt officials – MP

Cut out international medical service privileges for govt officials – MP

Posted on 30 Oct 2013 at 12:09pm

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre, Shadreck Jonas, has demanded that senior government officials lose their privileges of being referred to hospitals outside Malawi when in critical health condition.

He said this in Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday, in reference to a succession of predicaments that has been hitting Kamuzu Central Hospital recently where, among others, the hospital had been administering expired drugs to patients.

He argued that this privilege made the government officials disregard the serious problems that the local hospitals were facing.

“How can…

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Malawi: “Retire child bearing at 35”

Malawi: “Retire child bearing at 35”

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 at 2:40am

Nkhotakota, October 12: Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood officials have said both men and women must retire child bearing at the age of 35 years or stand a risk of having a child with motivation deficiency disorder.

The initiative’s Community Mobilization Coordinator, Timothy Bonyonga, said this during Nkhotakota consultative meeting emphasizing that there are many complications that develop on children when they are born to parents after their production age period.

“One of such issues is increase in maternal death. When a woman is old, her organs grow weaker such that the body does not…

Madonna ask fans to donate to “Raising Malawi” for her 55th birthday

Madonna ask fans to donate to “Raising Malawi” for her 55th birthday

Posted on 17 Aug 2013 at 10:18am

Happy birthday to Madonna, who turned 55 on Friday. Although she certainly doesn’t need it, the queen of pop now qualifies for a multitude of senior discounts around town.

In lieu of gifts, Madge is encouraging fans to celebrate by donating to Raising Malawi, the organization she founded in 2006 committed to bringing an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s 1 million orphans and vulnerable children.

On her Intagram, she wrote this: “Thank u all for your #birthday love! Help me celebrate my birthday, by donating to Raising Malawi to support the work of one of my Heroes, Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Eric Borgstein: http://bit.ly/mbdayborg. Revolution…

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