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ARTGLO geared to curb discrimination in heath service delivery

Lilongwe, June 24, 2019: ART and Global Health Centre Africa (ARTGLO) says it will utilise art as a platform for health service providers to address human rights issues that have implications on health so that they provide the services impartially. ARTGLO is an international organisation that works on issues of health. Under Umunthu Programme, the organisation organised a two-day workshop in Lilongwe from Saturday for Kamuzu College of Nursing students aimed at engaging them as front line health service providers. Umunthu Programmes Manager for ARTGLO, Rodgers Mkumalire Phiri said the aim of the project is to bring empathy and oneness. “Some duty bearers do not offer health services to certain groups of people because of the attitude they have towards them, for example, due to religion,” Phiri said. The Umunthu Programme aims to engage key people in the service delivery so that if they are incorporated they will bring impact. “What we do is that we engage them through artistic participatory methodology where we explore the Umunthu philosophical concept of humanity which is often defined in a phrase ‘I am because you are’,” Phiri said. “So we are turning the philosophy into a practical way of life, in this context, the health service delivery,” he said. One of the participants at the workshop, Charles Mailosi hailed the workshop, saying as a health service provider, he would now understand better how to treat different kinds of clients in his profession. “It is true there is discrimination against some groups of people and sometimes this happens to people who need the services most. We were also not aware that if we don’t treat a certain person of a sick condition, it may end up coming to us in one way or the other,” Mailosi said. The programme is implemented in eight districts where it engages frontline health service providers and five other districts where it engages the would-be front line health service providers who are nursing and medical students. ARTGLO came up with the project following UNAIDS gap report of 2016 which found out that despite strategies being employed in the fight against HIV and AIDS, the prevalence rate is not going down, according to the Umunthu Programmes Manager. The report revealed that in 2013, the HIV prevalence rate was going up because some sections of the society were not being reached out. “It was found out that this was because of that kind of environment (of not reaching out to some people) which is still playing a role and if we don’t reach them, we will never win the fight against HIV,” he said.
Apart from engaging health service providers, the project also intends to engage community leaders who can relay the message to people in their communities who do not go for health services due to discrimination. The first day of the workshop was characterized by activities from the nursing students where they came up with drawings and used other forms of art like drama that portrayed discrimination and possible solutions.


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Zomba District Council in women empowerment drive

Zomba, June 24, 2019; Zomba District Council Saturday emphasized the need to promote women in leadership positions as one way of empowering and addressing their challenges. The interest to promote women in Council positions started during its first full council meeting as members were electing Council Chairperson and his Deputy with a call from Member of Parliament from Zomba Changalume constituency, John Chikalimba who urged voting Council members to at least put a female councillor at one of the two positions. “Our Council has only one female Councillor who has to be considered in one position regardless of our political differences. This will promote 50:50 campaigns which the country is fighting for,” he pointed out. All voting Council members concurred with Chikalimba to promote gender balance in the council business. After elections, the two positions of Council Chair and vice went unopposed to Democratic Progressive Party Councillor, Wilson Likhusa for Ntungulutsi Ward in Zomba Lisanjala Constituency and Councilor for Namilongo Ward in Zomba Changalume constituency, Everlister Kalimbuka respectively. In his acceptance speech as Chairperson, Councilor Wilson Likhusa said he would work hard at developing a good working relationship between the elected members and council secretariat to ensure that Zomba develops. Out of 18 Ward Councillors in the District Council, only Everlister Kalimbuka who has been elected as Vice chairperson is the female councilor. Before the elections, Councilors took oath of secrecy which was administered by Senior Resident Magistrate, Christopher Makumba for Zomba District Magistrate.


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Ministry bemoans low retention of councilors

Lilongwe, June 24, 2019: Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Charles Kalemba says most councilors might have failed to retain their seats because they prioritized their own needs rather than that of their electorate. Speaking on Wednesday in Mponela when he opened the training of trainers (TOT) workshop on orientation of councils’ secretariat, Kalemba said the development could mean the councilors were not oriented properly, hence their failure to deliver. “The fact that most councilors have not been re-elected implies that the local government has failed. “This clearly shows that there are knowledge gaps and inadequate information on the local government system,” said Kalemba. He further said his ministry has developed a capacity building programme and road map for the orientation and training of councilors and other council members based on the analysis of the just-ended local government election. According to Kalemba, the election has shown that only 15 per cent of the councilors countrywide have retained their positions. The local government PS said the capacity building programme aims at equipping new local council members with knowledge and skills to ensure maximum contribution to council deliberations. “The first step is to orient them on the local government system for effective decision making and enhance their resource mobilization skills. “This is critical for effective service delivery and improved local economic development,” he said. He added the just-ended local government election results have pointed out that there is need to come up with a roadmap that will ensure that most councilors get re-elected during the next election. Kalemba said there is need to ensure that councilors add value to the system by engaging them in trainings, coaching and mentoring. “The TOT is to prepare you as trainers to do the actual orientation and training in the 35 councils,” he said. In Lilongwe District, out of 61 councilors only 16 have retained their seats with 19 per cent of them being women. Participants to the TOT included district commissioners, directors of planning and development and other members of the local councils’ secretariat.


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Fisheries Department hails farmers’ field schools

Kasungu, June 24, 2019: Farmers Field Schools (FFS) have been described as crucial in the country’s agriculture development as they allow extension workers and scientists to work together in producing vital knowledge and localized solutions to problems. Director of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Friday Njaya said this on Thursday during a graduation ceremony of 35 farmers and 35 extension workers at Lisasadzi in Kasungu who have been attending the farmer field schools for the last 14 weeks. “As Ministry of Agriculture, we take these kinds of training seriously as farmers and researchers develop technologies that are relevant. “The technologies that are being developed are very specific and since they are developed by the farmers, they stick in their minds,” said Njaya. He said technologies will be able to improve agriculture in the country as the farmers and extension workers will impart the knowledge to other farmers in the districts where they are coming from. The training was supported by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and European Union (EU) who also helped revamp irrigation infrastructure and carried out maintenance works of water system at Lisasadzi to be used by farmers’ field schools. FAO Representative, Zhijun Chen said farmers in the country need relevant technologies and skills, and that through the farmers-field- school initiative participants had acquired them. “The FFS approach is a vehicle for agriculture extension to deliver proven technology and experiences and practices to the farmers,” said Chen. The farmers and extension workers were drawn from Mchinji, Nkhotakota, Salima and Kasungu. FFS supports the two priority areas of the National Agriculture Policy namely sustainable agriculture production and productivity and food and nutrition security.


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Siemens South Africa donates scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital

Nkhata Bay, June 24, 2019: Siemens South Africa, through its authorized distributor Pacific Diagnostics Ltd Malawi, has donated ultrasound scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital.   The machine will help with the diagnosis of heart and lung diseases, besides serving expectant women.   Presenting the donation Wednesday, Pacific Diagnostics Ltd Malawi Customer Service Engineer, Urjit Thakur said Nkhata Bay District Hospital has inadequate medical equipment to diagnose different diseases, hence the decision.   "When we visited this hospital last year, we realised that they don't have enough equipment compared to the number of people coming for medical care," he said.   "We want the hospital to assist as many people as possible," added Thakur.
He said the company will provide help in servicing the scanner on regular basis to ensure it lasts long.   Nkhata Bay District Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Mwatikonda Mbendela said the donation was made at an opportune time when the hospital used to refer patients to Mzuzu Central Hospital for diagnosis of lung and heart diseases.   "We were referring patients to Mzuzu for diagnosis, but with the coming in of this scanning machine we will do all the diagnosis and treatment here," Mbendela said.   He said the machine will reduce costs incurred by the hospital and guardians because of referrals.   "The cost of referring patients to Mzuzu Central Hospital will be reduced. The same applies to the patient and guardians," added Mbendela.   The scanning machine has already been installed and is ready for use.


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ARTGLO geared to curb discrimination in heath service delivery

Zomba District Council in women empowerment drive

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Fisheries Department hails farmers’ field schools

Siemens South Africa donates scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital

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Health News

ARTGLO geared to curb discrimination in heath service delivery

ARTGLO geared to curb discrimination in heath service delivery

Lilongwe, June 24, 2019: ART and Global Health Centre Africa (ARTGLO) says it will utilise art as a platform for health service providers to address human rights issues that have implications on health so that they provide the services impa...

Siemens South Africa donates scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital

Siemens South Africa donates scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital

Nkhata Bay, June 24, 2019: Siemens South Africa, through its authorized distributor Pacific Diagnostics Ltd Malawi, has donated ultrasound scanning machine to Nkhata Bay District Hospital.   The machine will help with the diagnosis of hea...

Sports News

FAM hails Councils for developing grassroots football

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Prison Queens beat Shizaella in Rainbow Paints Netball showdown

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ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

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Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

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RBM reduces policy rate to 13.5%

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Entertainment News

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APAM to hold Mr and Miss albinism beauty pageant

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Agriculture News

Fisheries Department hails farmers’ field schools

Written By Vincent Khonje on Monday, 24 June 2019 08:26
Fisheries Department hails farmers’ field schools

Kasungu, June 24, 2019: Farmers Field Schools (FFS) have been described as crucial in the country’s agriculture development as they allow extension workers and scientists to work together in producing vital knowledge and localized solutions...

WVI hailed for promoting bee farming in Salima

Written By Golden Kang’oma junior on Monday, 24 June 2019 06:52
WVI hailed for promoting bee farming in Salima

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Features

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

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    Mchesi Primary School pupils exercise their right to education during solidarity march (C) Stanley Makuti

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Education News

ISEM trains School Managers in Governance.

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Zomba District Council in women empowerment drive

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DLGF appeals for leadership responsibility

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