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NS DAC optimistic on reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence rate



Ntchisi, July 29, 2016: District Aids Coordinator for Ntchisi, Chimwemwe Mangira has expressed hope that the district will keep on registering as the lowest with HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the central region. Mangira said this during this year's International AIDS Candle Light Memorial function held at Chikwawe ground in Traditional Authority Vuso Jere in the district. "I must proudly say that Ntchisi is one of the districts in the central region with the lowest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. Currently the prevalence rate in the district is 2.3 per cent,” Mangira said. “We have implemented various strategies such as introduction of more youth clubs where they conduct different HIV/AIDS related activities and we conduct regular awareness campaigns, hence am optimistic that we will keep on registering a reduced prevalence rate,” she added. Concurring with Mangira, Ntchisi District Commissioner Malango Bottoman who was also the guest honour applauded the community turn up and urged all chiefs to be in the forefront in advocating for their subjects to go for HIV/AIDS testing and also end discrimination. Ethel Nataniel who was found HIV/AIDS positive in 1987 was happy that the district has made strides in fighting discrimination and called on people living with HIV to come out. “I started taking ARV's in 2005 and am so healthy all a while longer than even those who are negative and this is because I accepted my condition and decided to move on thereby removing stress and promoting my health,” said Nataniel. At the function, people had a chance to go for HIV/AIDS testing provided by health personnel at the function. The function which was held under the theme 'Lets join hands, discuss and keep on fighting against HIV/AIDS' was spiced up by cultural dancing groups, poems and drama.


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NOCMA donates towards girls’ science camp

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Lilongwe, July 29, 2016. The National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Limited on Thursday presented a cheque worth K500,000 as scholarships for ten needy girls' participation in a science camp organised by the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). MUST has organized a girls’ science camp for secondary school students from across the country with an aim of promoting girls participation in science. The camp will be held from 1st to 5th August, 2016 at the schools’ campus in Thyolo. Presenting the donation in Lilongwe, NOCMA Chief Executive Officer Robert Mdeza said his company responded to MUST’s call to assist the needy students adding the industry that his company operates in requires application of science, hence the donation. “As NOCMA, our gas industry requires application of science hence we thought it wise to respond to the call by MUST's initiative to motivate girls to excel in the subject. Malawi as a country needs its own engineers and scientists if we are to sustain the gas industry,” said Mdeza. He said the donation was a first step towards promotion of science in the country especially at MUST as the company is considering partnering with the institution to introduce gas and oil programs in its curriculum. “What we have done today is just the first step. In future, we are considering of partnering with MUST during the development of their curriculum so that they introduce Oil and Gas programmes for students,” said the CEO. Speaking after receiving the cheque, MUST Executive Dean Dr Davies Mweta, who is also Chairperson of the science camp organizing committee said the university thought of organizing the girls science camp considering the fact that there is very low participation of girls in science. “Science is mostly considered as a male dominated industry and we would like to remove that mentality by promoting girls to participate in science. We are targeting secondary school students from forms 1-3 across the country to take part in this science camp as a way of motivating them,” said Dr Mweta. Out of the 127 students which the University enrolled in 2014, only 28 percent of those were female, a development which Dr Mweta said was not pleasing considering the fact that female population was higher than male population in the country. “We are informed that 52 percent of the country’s population is females, so if we do not tap more from that population then we will not be doing justice to them hence we thought we should organize this science camp targeting girls,” he said. He said the institution intends to make the girls science camp an annual event as a way of reaching out to more girls. About 150 girls from both public and private secondary schools from across the country are expected to take part in the science camp. During the science camp, the girls will be taken through lectures, tutorials, education visits to industries in Blantyre and motivational talks by prominent women from the country among others. Each participant is supposed to pay an attendance fee of K50,000 for the five days.The donation made by NOCMA will go towards the support of ten needy students that cannot afford to pay the participation fees.


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Malawi commemorates World Ranger Day

 

Lilongwe, July 29, 2016: Malawi will on Saturday commemorate its inaugural World Ranger Day at an event organized by Lilongwe Wild Life Trust and Department of Parks and Wildlife at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Victoria Mopiwa, Marketing and Events Manager at Lilongwe Wild Life Trust told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday the event will showcase the work of wildlife rangers and fundraise for their plight. “Rangers do a lot of work that go unnoticed and they face challenges that a lot of people do not know. They are never celebrated. They are our major front against poachers and require motivation and the celebration will raise awareness,” said Mopiwa. She said the funds from the event would contribute towards buying of uniforms, first aid kits and field equipment as well as fund wildlife field activities. Wildlife rangers are often shot at, injured or killed by poachers in their line of duty and in Malawi several rangers have been killed or maimed by poachers while at work. According to National Geographic, in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, alone 150 rangers have been killed since 2004. World Ranger Day is observed on the 31st of July each year. It was established to commemorate the rangers killed or injured at their work. The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 and is promoted by 54 member associations under International Ranger Federation (IRF).


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KU Municipality councilor dies

 
Kasungu, July 29, 2016: Sorrow and grief has struck Kasungu Municipal Council as one of the councilors Bernard Theu has passed away. Theu who was councilor for Bunda Ward died in the wee hours of Wednesday at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. Confirming the death Deputy Mayor for Kasungu Municipality Ephate Joshua said Theu has been unwell for a very long time. "Councilor Theu has been unwell since he was elected as a councilor and most of the time he was not feeling well," said councilor Joshua. The Deputy Mayor added that the death will affect the operations of the council. "The death of Councilor Theu will affect our operations at the council as he was a hard working person, very constructive when deliberating council business. He was also chairperson of Finance Committee and we are going to miss him," said Joshua. Theu who was 60, will be laid to rest on Friday at his home in Kapindula Village, TA Kaomba in Kasungu.


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KU boy dies in an initiation camp

 
Kasungu, July 29, 2016: A thirteen year old boy has died in an initiation camp in Chikhumba village, T/A Wimbe in Kasungu. The deceased, Julius Sainet, died on Monday barely 5 days after being circumcised. According to Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer Edna Mzingwitsa the deceased and 4 other young boys were taken for a coming of age cultural circumcision ceremony on 17th July and soon after being circumcised, the deceased was reportedly feeling cold and his parents sent extra beddings on Sunday 24th July 2016. Mzingwitsa said on Monday the boy was reported dead and the caretaker then took the dead body to his home "When a report was received, the scene was visited alongside the medical personnel who conducted a postmortem which revealed that death was due to severe blood loss and septic wound," said Mzingwitsa. Meanwhile investigations are still under way to trace the person who initiated the circumcision who is currently at large.


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NS DAC optimistic on reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence rate

NOCMA donates towards girls’ science camp

Malawi commemorates World Ranger Day

KU Municipality councilor dies

KU boy dies in an initiation camp

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NS DAC optimistic on reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence rate

Ntchisi, July 29, 2016: District Aids Coordinator for Ntchisi, Chimwemwe Mangira has expressed hope that the district will keep on registering as the lowest with HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the central region. Mangira said this ...

NOCMA donates towards girls’ science camp

NOCMA donates towards girls’ science camp

File photo    Lilongwe, July 29, 2016. The National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Limited on Thursday presented a cheque worth K500,000 as scholarships for ten needy girls' participation in a science camp organised by the Malawi U...

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NS DAC optimistic on reducing HIV/AIDS prevalence rate

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AHCX tips farmers to embrace cooperatives

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MP Kandodo says not afraid of Section 65

Kasungu, July 11, 2012, Mana: Kasungu Central Member of Parliament Ken Kandodo said recently he is not afraid of Section 65 challenging that he will maintain his seat should Speaker of

Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda invoke the anti-defection law.

 

Kandodo who is also Malawi’s Defence Minister is among former ruling Democratic Progressive

Party (DPP) MPs who ditched their party following death of President Bingu wa Mutharika and

announced their allegiance to President Joyce Banda and her now ruling People’s Party (PP).

 

Speaker Chimunthu Banda is yet to act on a petition by DPP to have seats of all its former MPs

who are now on government side declared vacant for allegedly crossing the floor.

 

However, Kandodo told a development rally at Lisasadzi in the district that he is confident of retaining his Kasungu Central seat in a by-election in the event that it is declared vacant.

 

“Even if elections are held today or next week, I’ll still go back to parliament. As an MP I’m still

enjoying support from the constituency and the general public,” he declared.

 

Quizzed if by declaring allegiance to PP-led government means he has effectively joined

the party Kandodo insisted that he is an independent member of parliament but supporting government.

 

 

 

He was on the other hand non-committal on possibilities of joining the party in future or running on its ticket in 2014 general elections only saying “politics is dynamic, you never know what will

 

happen tomorrow.” He said the nation will be advised when time comes.

 

 

 

“I am an independent MP but supporting government, that is my official status in parliament

 

now,” he clarified.

 

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