23 February 2019
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WORI project to increase uptake of early infants’ diagnosis

Nkhotakota, February 12, 2019: Failure to follow up on infants who are exposed to HIV/AIDS is affecting uptake of the Early Infants Diagnosis (EID) services in Nkhotakota District, Women Rights Institute (WORI) has said. WORI Assistant Programs Officer, Yamikani Mwawa made the remarks during a recent Nkhotakota District Executive Committee briefing on the project the organisation will soon roll out in the district. Mwawa observed that Nkhotakota District lags behind in Early Infants Diagnosis compared to other districts. WORI in conjunction with Nkhotakota DHO will soon implement a project called ‘Mai Mwana’ aimed at promoting mother-infant access to Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT). “Since the starting of ART services in September, 2018, the district has registered 27,097 clients and 31 per cent of these clients are currently defaulters and most of them are pregnant and lactating mothers, this negatively affects the uptake of Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) services. “Therefore, this project will help to improve tracing, testing and treatment for over 90 per cent of exposed infants and children aged 18 months and 24 months by November, 2020,” Mwawa said. The Assistant Programs Officer said the goal of the project is to increase the uptake of early infant diagnosis and increase on the retention rate of option B+ from 75 to 90 per cent. She added that Mai-Mwana project will address challenges faced in follow-ups on exposed infants especially at 12 and 24 months, besides helping in identifying, testing and referring exposed infants for EID program. In his remarks, Nkhotakota District Medical Officer (DMO), Jacob Kafulafula commended WORI for coming up with the project, saying it would boost the uptake of EID services in the district. He acknowledged that Nkhotakota lags behind in Early Infants Diagnosis due to inadequate resources to reach out to the clients; late retention of clients; ineffective tracking system of the clients and poor documentation that leads to the low uptake of EID services. “The Mai-Mwana Project will liberate the system because clients will be followed up into their homes, which will improve identifying, testing and referring of exposed infants to EID services. “The number of defaulters will be reduced because the project will involve families, community leaders and religious leaders at community level so that people receive required EID services,” he said. Kafulafula said Nkhotakota District has now improved on retention period because the samples are tested at the district hospital, unlike previously when they would take the samples to Lilongwe for testing. He said this would take more than two months before clients got results. Mai-Mwana Project is being funded by Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) to the tune of K28 million and it will run for 12 months in Traditional Authority Mwansambo in the district. Women Rights Institute is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2014 in Nkhotakota District. 


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Netflix adapts William Kamkwamba’s book into movie : Comes out 1st March 2019

Mchinji, February 12, Mana: Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment service is on March 1, 2019 set to release a movie titled ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,’ based on a true story of a 32-year-old Malawian, William Kamkwamba. At the age of 13, Kamkwamba built a wind turbine to power a few electrical appliances in his family's house in Wimbe, Kasungu using blue gum trees, bicycle parts and materials collected from an indigenous scrapyard. The movie has been inspired by a book, ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ authored by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer published by Harper Collins Publishers in 2007. Hollywood Daily online magazine, last week reported that ‘12 Years a Slave’ star, Chiwetel Ejiofor directed the movie. Ejiofor said he was enthused by the book and wanted get the entire sense of it. “To get emotional truth of the story, I spent a lot of time with William. “I came to Malawi to experience the book from the actual ground. I met his family, friends and saw the village where everything took place. “William, his family and people live these incredibly epic lives and that was something that I really found in the book. It’s an epic story,” said Ejiofor in quotes reported by the online magazine.  Kamkwamba told the magazine that he did not even dream of being a hero of some sort or that his story could be told in a movie.  “It’s very exciting to me because at the time that I was writing the book I wanted to reach out to as many people as possible. Having this chance of getting this story into a movie is going to reach more people than the book could have managed to do,” he explained. Kamkwamba added that, “A movie with Netflix, an internet service provider with over a million subscribers worldwide will enable a lot of people to access the story and learn from it.” Participant Media, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Films and British Film Institute (BFI) with funds from the National Lottery, are lead financiers on the movie project, along with Head Gear, Econet and LipSync.  Potboiler Productions’ Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan have produced the film.


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YONECO orients LL District Council officers on complaints and feedback mechanisms

Lilongwe, February 12, 2019: Youth Net and Counseling Organization (YONECO) says complaints and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) are vital in promoting accountability among the country’s populations during implementation of relief services. CFMs are strategies used to promote accountability among populations affected by different kinds of disasters in order to empower them so that they are able to report on anything they are not happy with during relief services. Speaking Friday during orientation of Lilongwe District Council officers on complaints and feedback mechanisms, YONECO IT and Helpline Services Manager, Panji Harawa said the objective of the orientation was to build the council’s capacity. He said after being oriented, the officers were expected to equip communities in the district with the same knowledge to be used during relief services. “As humanitarian workers, now that the district councils are in the front line of distributing relief food items, they are supposed to be accountable to the people. “So, the first step is to orient the district councils we are working with on how they can give a platform for beneficiaries to be able to report complaints,” said Harawa. He explained that CFMs provide platforms to people affected with disasters to voice out their complaints and provide feedback, hence the need for effective awareness on the tools that are used to report the complaints. “Communities must be sensitized about reporting systems and district councils need to set up reporting systems; designate focal persons of high integrity and ensure the affected are protected from sexual exploitation and abuse,” he added. According to Harawa, YONECO is currently using toll free lines for receiving complaints which they record and refer to district councils within 24 hours for the councils’ action. He said, however, that YONECO only provides immediate responses to callers requesting for basic information. Harawa therefore urged the task force committees to play a big role in raising community awareness on the YONECO toll free lines; 116, 5600, 6600, through which beneficiaries can call anytime and report their complaints during every relief-items distribution. YONECO is undertaking the orientation program in 27 districts and so far, 16 have already been oriented.


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IEC material crucial for dissemination of customary land law

Kasungu, February 12, Mana: Government has said Information Education Communication (IEC) materials on Customary Land Law can play a crucial role to ensuring that communities have a better understanding of the 2016 approved new law. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Jean Kalilani made the remarks Monday during the official handover of Awareness Materials to Customary Land Committees at Chibwe Primary school in area of Senior Chief Lukwa in Kasungu. She said the development of the IEC material for the Customary Land Law was meant to ensuring that the new is made simple among communities to avoid cases of land dispute which have been in increases in the country. “The establishment of the new customary land law has taken long taken to come to effect. A lot has been done and the work to come up with the new law started with establishment of the Malawi National Land Policy in 2002 with the involved of Danish International development Agency (DANIDA), Department for International Development (DFID) and European Union (EU),” Kalilani explained. The Minister said the new customary land law would be piloted in three districts of Kasungu, Phalombe and Rumphi before rolling out to other districts in the country. She hoped that the media would help her Ministry to disseminate rightful information regard the new law so that communities should be enlightened on how to make use of their land. Kalilani said there is need for the media to work in close collaboration with her Ministry to ensure that the new law reaches out to a wider audience beyond targeted districts. She thanked EU, Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) and Oxfam for their central roles in the development of the new customary land law for the country. EU Head of Cooperation, Lluis Navarro said it is pleasing to note that the new customary land law enables communities to register their land. He said this empowers small holder farmers to feel secure on land ownership since they have a law protecting them from various abuses. “I would like to thank government for taking up the initiative to ensure the new customary land law come to effect and this increases security of farmers in their areas,” Navarro noted. Senior Chief Lukwa observed that the new customary land law would help women not be marginalized in their communities. He said the law in promoting land ownership to both men and women despite having various cultural traditions and practices that encourages discrimination particularity to women in society. “More women will now feel secure to own land without being marginalized in their communities. The law is protecting them from being victims of land grabbing from their relatives and traditional leaders,” Lukwa added. Some messages have been packaged in an electronic format as radio and television jingles while some are on printed products such as t-shirts, wrappers, brochures, posters and car stickers. A consortium is piloting this four-year project in some communities in Phalombe, Kasungu and Rumphi districts targeting 3,000 households. The Project started in September 2015 and ends in August 2019.


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Mchinji longest serving MCP legislator tips contenders on a violent-free election

Mchinji, January 12, 2019: One of the longest serving Members of Parliament, Alex Chitete has challenged his fellow contenders in Mchinji North East Constituency to conduct a violent-free campaign for the general elections slated for May 21, 2019. Chitete made the call at Kapiri in Mchinji Friday when he presented his nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials. He said a violent-free campaign would ensure a free and fair election. “It is the wish of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) that the campaign is violent-free. I always tell people that follow me not to fight. I also urge my competitors not to incite violence in the constituency,” he said. Chitete also expressed confidence he would carry the day during the elections and get a third term. “Although I have served for two terms already, people will vote for me to continue my legacy of developing the constituency,” he said. Three people are contesting in Mchinji North East Constituency in what is expected to be a tightly contested election.


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WORI project to increase uptake of early infants’ diagnosis

Netflix adapts William Kamkwamba’s book into movie : Comes out 1st March 2019

YONECO orients LL District Council officers on complaints and feedback mechanisms

IEC material crucial for dissemination of customary land law

Mchinji longest serving MCP legislator tips contenders on a violent-free election

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IEC material crucial for dissemination of customary land law

IEC material crucial for dissemination of customary land law

Kasungu, February 12, Mana: Government has said Information Education Communication (IEC) materials on Customary Land Law can play a crucial role to e...

MACRA cautions youth against cyber bullying

MACRA cautions youth against cyber bullying

Lilongwe, February 12, 2019: Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) on Thursday cautioned the youth about the legal implications of cyber ...

Nkhata Bay prison commended for rehabilitative efforts

Nkhata Bay prison commended for rehabilitative efforts

Nkhata-Bay, February 11, 2019; Local communities in Nkhata Bay district have commended Nkhata-Bay Prison for their rehabilitative programs that will e...

Political News

Mchinji longest serving MCP legislator tips contenders on a violent-free election

Mchinji longest serving MCP legislator tips contenders on a violent-free election

Mchinji, January 12, 2019: One of the longest serving Members of Parliament, Alex Chitete has challenged his fellow contenders in Mchinji North East C...

Mwanza Promises people of Mzimba Solola continued development.

Mwanza Promises people of Mzimba Solola continued development.

Mzimba, January 12, 2019: Aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Solola Constituency, Ackim Mwanza, has asked electorates to rally behind him a...

Former Attorney General ready to grab Rumphi Central Constituency

Former Attorney General ready to grab Rumphi Central Constituency

Rumphi, February 11, 2019: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Rumphi Central Constituency aspirant, Charles Mhango Wednesday presented his nomination ...

Health News

WORI project to increase uptake of early infants’ diagnosis

WORI project to increase uptake of early infants’ diagnosis

Nkhotakota, February 12, 2019: Failure to follow up on infants who are exposed to HIV/AIDS is affecting uptake of the Early Infants Diagnosis (EID) services in Nkhotakota District, Women Rights Institute (WORI) has said. WORI Assistant Pro...

Plan Malawi for safe motherhood in KU

Plan Malawi for safe motherhood in KU

Kasungu, February 12, 2019:  Plan Malawi has embarked on safe motherhood campaign across Kasungu with the aim of improving maternal, newborn and child health in the district. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Friday, Plan-Mala...

Sports News

Malawian female footballer sees brighter future with RSA’s Santos FC

Malawian female footballer sees brighter future with RSA’s Santos FC

Lilongwe, February 11, 2019: A Malawian female football player, Ratipher Malunjika has started off well at the South African based team, Santos Ladies Football Club in Cape Town, South Africa and is expected to play her first game on Februa...

FIFA Boss applauds Bullets, to meet with the champs

FIFA Boss applauds Bullets, to meet with the champs

Blantyre, February 11, 2019: The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) President, Gianni Infantino has sent a congratulatory message to Nyasa Big Bullets for being champions of the TNM Super league in the 2018 season. In...

Development News

ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

     ECAM launches Apprenticeship Network

Blantyre, April 3, 2017: The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) has launched the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) whose aim is to promote apprenticeships with the ultimate goal of creating job opportunities for youth and ensuring skills for business. Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a...

Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

  Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security - study

Lilongwe, June 6, 2017: The Public Works Programme being implemented in all 28 districts of the country has resulted in a lot of people achieving food security at household level, a study conducted by the Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD) of theLilongwe University for Agriculture and Natural Resources...

Business News

150 social cash transfer programme beneficiaries to graduate from the programme

150 social cash transfer programme beneficiaries to graduate from the programme

Nkhata Bay, February 12, 2019: At least 150 social cash transfer beneficiaries in Nkhata Bay and Dedza districts will graduate from the programme with assets such as grocery stocks, fruit trees or livestock for sustainable livelihoods. Spe...

COMSIP hands over K5.6 million warehouse in Dedza

COMSIP hands over K5.6 million warehouse in Dedza

Dedza, February 11, 2019: Community Savings and Investment Promotion (COMSIP) Cooperative Union Limited on Monday handed over a K5.6 million worth of warehouse to Dzalanyama COMSIP Cooperative Society Limited in Dedza.   Speaking during th...

Entertainment News

Netflix adapts William Kamkwamba’s book into movie : Comes out 1st March 2019

Netflix adapts William Kamkwamba’s book into movie : Comes out 1st March 2019

Mchinji, February 12, Mana: Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment service is on March 1, 2019 set to release a movie titled ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,’ based on a true story of a 32-year-old Malawian, William Kamkwamba. ...

Artist uses his paintings to depict how globalization overshadows African culture

Artist uses his paintings to depict how globalization overshadows African culture

Mzuzu, February 11, 2019: While different commentators speak out on the effects of globalization on different cultures and other African concepts, Mchinji based visual artist, Mzengo David, has decided to illustrate such effects through pai...

Agriculture News

Agricultural commercialisation needs combined efforts – Nankhumwa

Written By Yamikani Yapuwa on Monday, 04 February 2019 05:07
Agricultural commercialisation needs combined efforts – Nankhumwa

Blantyre, February 4, 2019: Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has expressed need for concerted efforts for the agricultural commercialisation to be successful in the country. Agricultural Commercialisation Project (...

General crop outlook in the Southern Region

Written By Abel Ikiloni on Friday, 01 February 2019 04:49
General crop outlook in the Southern Region

Blantyre, February 1, 2019: Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha recently said the country should expect a bumper yield in the 2018-2019 growing season due to adequate rains and a drop in the inciden...

Features

Benghazi nickname haunts Karonga

Benghazi nickname haunts Karonga

Karonga, February 11, Mana: Libya (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya)’s second populous city of Benghazi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benghazi) became infamous across the world for the killing of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens on September 11, 2012 in a terrorist attack. Stevens was...

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JBF constructs K40 million worthy classroom blocks in Thyolo

JBF constructs K40 million worthy classroom blocks in Thyolo

Thyolo, February 12, 2019: Johannes Beese Foundation (JBF) on Friday handed over two classroom blocks valued at K40 million to Thyolo District Council at a ceremony which took place at Kankhomba Primary School in the district.   Receiving...

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YONECO orients LL District Council officers on complaints and feedback mechanisms

YONECO orients LL District Council officers on complaints and feedback mechanisms

Lilongwe, February 12, 2019: Youth Net and Counseling Organization (YONECO) says complaints and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) are vital in promoting acco...

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Puma Energy applauds BPC for taking part in planting trees

Puma Energy applauds BPC for taking part in planting trees

Nsanje, February 12, 2019: Puma Energy has reiterated the need for journalists in the country to take a leading role in bringing back forest cover. P...

Religion News

Anglican Church cheer prisoners in Thyolo.

Anglican Church cheer prisoners in Thyolo.

Thyolo, February 12, 2019: Inmates at Thyolo Prison on Saturday had all the reasons to smile after Thyolo All Saints Anglican Church cheered them up a...