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Households in Ntchisi to receive sanitation and nutrition modules

Ntchisi, 23 May, 2017: The Prevention of Stunting Project (PSP) implemented by World Vision International in Ntchisi is developing leaflets with messages that will see households getting information to do with sanitation, breast and complementary feeding. Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday, the PSP district  coordinator,  Gerald Maulidi, said the leaflets are developed by stakeholders who are in the District Nutrition Coordinating Committee, and conversant with the projects goal of reducing Stunting in the district. "We have been using the modules that are always in custody of the Health Surveillance Assistants (HSA) but now the households will have their own materials for reference when the HSAs are not there," said Maulidi. Maulidi said the households will not have excuse for not following the best feeding and health practices, because the messages will be handy all the time. He said the normal message delivery sessions will continue in the areas but on top of that there will be distributing the leaflets to all families as their own materials that they can also be sharing hence making the messages stay in the communities. Ntchisi District Environmental Health Officer, James Mtonga who is participating in production of the leaflets said the materials would greatly help in reaching out to the communities with health messages He said most communities have been asking for materials they can read on their own. "These will respond to what the communities have been demanding for some time. The messages will easily penetrate into the communities and stay as long as they keep the documents," said Mtonga. He said apart from the HSAs, the 'Care Groups’ volunteers who mobilise families and share health messages, will also use the leaflets in their routine work of reaching out to households. PSP has helped and contributed to reduction of Stunting in Ntchisi from 47 percent to 40percent from 2014 to date.


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Special Needs Education Institute Project missing in 2017/18 budget

Blantyre, May 23, 2017:  While the Ministry of Education has been allocated a large share of K235 billion in the 2017/18 budget, the long awaited Special Needs Education Institute (SNEI) Project is not on the list of the projects to be undertaken in the education sector. According to the proposed budget presented in Parliament by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe, there is only a provision for the construction of three teachers training colleges for primary and secondary school teachers. Commenting on the matter in an interview on Monday, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Spokesperson Lindiwe Chide said the SNEI Project is not among the three teacher’s training colleges to be constructed but rather continuation of the Mchinji, Chikwawa and Rumphi Primary School Teachers Training Colleges. Chide said that currently the ministry is seeking partners to help finance the project and that  they only managed to do the designing phase of the project using the little money they had. “The SNEI is not among the three mentioned in the budget but the construction of Rumphi, Chikwawa and Mchinji which were initially under construction but stalled. We only managed to do the designing phase but right now we are looking for partners to support finance the project as the nature of the project requires a lot of money and government alone cannot finance it,” said Chide. She said so far, partners are yet to make commitments on the project but the ministry is still optimistic that some will come forward to support the project. On the three colleges, Chide said they stalled because some financiers had not yet released the funding. She said the ministry has however concluded the evaluation contractors and is just waiting for a no objection from Arab Bank for Economic Development (BADEA) to go ahead with awarding contracts for the projects to start. In 2013,Ministry of Education, Science and Technology indicated that it has started constructing a Special Needs Education Institute (SNEI) in Lilongwe with a capacity of not less than 400 trainee teachers to increase the number of specialist needs teachers in the country.


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Registering progress towards food security – Face to Face project

Lilongwe, May 23, 2017: Victory Garden Campaign, an intervention inspired by the country’s recurrent food insecurity woes, under which rural farmers are being drilled on home gardening skills is registering commendable progress with over 4246 gardens operational gardens so far. The campaign, which is under the Face to Face project,a United States based international charity which works directly on the ground to help the poorest communities to break the cycle of poverty and the campaign has so far been adopted by 54, 554 families in five Traditional Authorities in which it is being implemented. The biggest improvement is in T/A Chiseka, Lilongwe rural, where 400 percent of the villagers have adopted the new farming approach, a leap from 8 percent in a period of nine months according to Mike Chikakuda Program Manager for Face to Face Project in an interview. “359 more villages (Village Heads) want to join the cause and we want to have at least 50, 000 more gardens by the end of 2019,” disclosed Chikakuda further expressing optimism that the target was with reachable as per the current pace of progress. The Face to Face Project, which was established in 2006 and is operational in Malawi and the United States of America, diverted its attention to pro food security initiatives from the initial HIV and AIDS interventions because everything else came secondary to food security according to Chikakuda. “Malawi, as everyone knows, has gone decades and decades with the same (food insecurity) problems and the cycle keeps repeating itself again and again,” explained the Program Manager further adding; “The whole idea of Victory Gardens is to place solutions to the food security problems in the hands of the people.” Under the project with the motto “Reducing Hunger with High-Yield Low-Cost Home Victory Gardens” community members are challenged to have each a 2.5 square meter garden and drilled on the use of the cheap and readily available organic manure as opposed to chemical fertilizers. Already enjoying the fruits of the three year Face to Face project is Group Village Makulenje in the area of T/A Chiseka and Zakeyu Chatsonda of T/A Tsabango, who says they are very happy now that he has his own garden with assorted varieties of vegetables. “We can no longer go to bed on an empty stomach unlike in the past when we could have maize floor without any alternative relish,” testifies Makulenje and Chatsonda who adds the vegetables in their gardens have taken care of the relish problem. Face to Face project is working in five T/As among them; Chiseka, Chadza, Malili and Tsabango of Lilongwe, T/A Mfukamapili of Nkhatabay and T/A Mkumba of Phalombe, and has a target of reaching out to at least 150, 000 people on completion. In Malawi the campaign was launched in 2016, harnessing the skills of over 100 local facilitators.


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Nkhatabay involves herbalists to fight malnutrition

Dedza, May 23, 2017: Chairperson for Mtepelera care group in Nkhatabay, Ethel Banda has stressed the need to include herbalists in nutrition committees noting they are the source of some misconceptions on malnutrition related diseases. Banda was speaking Saturday when Dedza Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) core team and district nutrition coordinating committee visited Nkhatabay to learn on how they are implementing nutrition activities using the new care group model structure. “You are aware that a lot of people in the communities still visit the herbalists for help to malnourished children, which is why we thought it wise to include them in our committees so that we are able to sensitize them on issues to do with nutrition and also to ask them to always refer their malnourished clients to the hospital,” said Banda. She further said through this involvement, there has been a very huge change in the communities like in Mtepelera village, Traditional Authority Malanda where at first they had 52 children who were malnourished but now there are only two. There is a common belief among herbalists and some rural people that children who have signs of malnutrition have been bewitched and therefore, healing can only be done by a herbalist rather than medical personnel. In her remarks, the leader for Dedza team, Zione Viyazyi who is also assistant district disaster risk management officer said they had learnt a lot in Nkhatabay. She said the knowledge they acquired would help government departments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to best implement their nutrition activities. “I am greatly impressed with the male involvement in most of the village committees here in Nkhatabay because as you know most men shun nutrition issues thinking it’s all about women,” said Viyazyi. She noted that male involvement is very important because a lot of men still remain bread winners in most of the families in the communities as such if they are aware of what is needed for good health and growth, they would easily provide their families with the needed six food groups. The six food groups which have to be taken by the end of each day include fruits, legumes, staples, food from animals, vegetables and fats or oils. Nkhatabay director of planning and development (DPD), Kondwani Ng’ambi was very thankful to Dedza team saying their coming helped them to note their strengths and weaknesses which would help them further improve implementation of different nutrition initiatives.  


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3 counts for Bunda 3-body massacre suspects

Lilongwe, May 23, 2017: The Lilongwe Magistrate Court Friday handed down three counts to each of the two men suspected to have killed and beheaded a couple and five-year old girl in Lilongwe, recently. The state brought the two, 45 year old Botisi Mphiningu and 21 year old Sakile Zunda before the Court for the reading of their charges and way forward on the case. Senior Resident Magistrate Chisomo Msokera read out charges of the two suspects saying they each faced three counts of murder all of which he said were contrary to Section 209 of the Penal Code. The three counts each of the two suspects face are that, with malicious intentions between 14 and 15 April 2017 Mphiningu and Zunda respectively caused 1) the death of 5-year-old Olivia Chawinga, 2) the death of Queen Zgambo, and 3) the death of Dalias Chawinga at Chadza 1 in Lilongwe. Msokera told the suspects that the court had no mandate to grant them bail and that the court’s powers were limited as such their case would be committed to the High Court. “This is not the beginning of your case but rather to bring to your attention the charges you face,” explained Msokera, adding that the two were free to seek legal aid. The court has since put a remand order to the two of up to June 21, 2017 when the case will have been committed to the High Court for prosecution. Meanwhile, a third suspect, Malekano Mphiningu was arrested on Friday at Mitundu in connection to the death of the Chawinga family. Malekano, 30, is a brother to Botisi and the two were both implicated by Zunda as having allegedly taken part in the murder of the three, according to Lilongwe Police Spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula. The Chawinga family left their home in Rumphi with Zunda and they went to Lilongwe where the Chawingas bought a car at Biwi vehicle market. According to Dandaula, Zunda took the three to Mitundu where Zunda’s mother stays but on the way they met Mphiningu who confronted Zunda over a K200,000 debt. “Zunda said Mphiningu held the three hostage and vowed never to release them until Zunda settled the K200,000 debt,” said Dandaula, adding that a few days later the three bodies were found in Bunda Forest. But Mphiningu in his police statement said he knew nothing about the Chawinga family massacre and that he had never met Zunda before. The third suspect, Malekano, is yet to appear before court to hear the charges the state will level against him. The Mphiningus are renowned businessmen in Mitundu and they hail from Chawala Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Chitseka in Lilongwe while Zunda hails from Mugula Village, TA Muzolokera, Rumphi. Dalias Chawinga, 38, hailed from Chilundika Village TA Katumbi, Rumphi, while his wife, Queen Zgambo, 42 hailed from Mlongoti Village, TA Chikulamayembe, Rumphi.   


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Households in Ntchisi to receive sanitation and nutrition modules

Special Needs Education Institute Project missing in 2017/18 budget

Registering progress towards food security – Face to Face project

Nkhatabay involves herbalists to fight malnutrition

3 counts for Bunda 3-body massacre suspects

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Mchinji police fight against border crime

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Households in Ntchisi to receive sanitation and nutrition modules

 Households in Ntchisi to receive sanitation and nutrition modules

Ntchisi, 23 May, 2017: The Prevention of Stunting Project (PSP) implemented by World Vision International in Ntchisi is developing leaflets with messages that will see households getting information to do with sanitation, breast and complem...

Registering progress towards food security – Face to Face project

Registering progress towards food security – Face to Face project

Lilongwe, May 23, 2017: Victory Garden Campaign, an intervention inspired by the country’s recurrent food insecurity woes, under which rural farmers are being drilled on home gardening skills is registering commendable progress with over 42...

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Kamwendo strikes again for Nomads, as they beat Tigers in Airtel Top 8

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ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

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UN women, police fight for rights of people with Albinism

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Department of Immigration surpasses K6.5 billion target

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Government seeks to create employment through music development

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Blantyre, May 16: Government says it will continue to develop the country’s human capital by creating employment opportunities through skills development. Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa, made the rem...

Government seeks to create employment through music development

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Phalombe Agriculture Office receives motorbikes for extension services

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 Phalombe Agriculture Office receives motorbikes for extension services

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Malawi Govt to send delegation to Brazil to learn how to deal with army worms

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Mwalwanda’s three-decade legacy at Mana

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Special Needs Education Institute Project missing in 2017/18 budget

 Special Needs Education Institute Project missing in 2017/18 budget

Blantyre, May 23, 2017:  While the Ministry of Education has been allocated a large share of K235 billion in the 2017/18 budget, the long awaited Special Needs Education Institute (SNEI) Project is not on the list of the projects to be unde...

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3 counts for Bunda 3-body massacre suspects

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Livingstonia Youth hold fun day

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