05 August 2020
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Migration governance crucial to national development-IOM

Lilongwe, August 5, 2020 International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission in Malawi working under the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency, Mpilo Nkomo has said migration governance is crucial to enhancing the development of the country. He made the remarks on Tuesday during Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) Assessment Stakeholders Induction Workshop which was held at Bingu Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Mkomo said good migration governance positively contributes to the social economic development of the country. “Good migration governance usually contributes towards social economic development of the country, for example we have a lot of Malawians in diaspora and these people can usually contribute to the development of Malawi through various ways such as new skills development. “For example, Malawians who do jobs like farming outside the country like in South Africa they gain added farming skills and they apply those skills when they return to the country and this advances the country’s farming sector hence enhancing social economic development of the country,” Nkomo said. He therefore commended the Government of Malawi for its commitment in managing issues of migration saying that currently the country is making tremendous progress in as far as migration is concerned. “I commend the Government of Malawi for its commitment in managing issues of migration, Malawians are able to go to various countries including South Africa and Europe without problems and currently Malawi is doing quite well in terms of migration,” he said. He also applauded the government for developing the Migration Profile which has contributed to the development of Malawi National Migration Policy and National Labour Migration Policy among others. However, he said that there is still need for the government to develop additional policies aimed at managing migration issues in the country. He further said that, his organisation is devoted to assisting the Malawi Government in managing migration in order to create investment opportunities that would help in maintaining social economic development of the country. “As IOM we are committed to supporting the government in managing migration issues, we want to assist in mapping skills gap and creating investment opportunities through informing the diaspora community the areas which they can invest in the country and help in building social economic development,” he explained. In her remarks, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sekani Tembo hailed IOM for assisting the government in addressing issues of migration in the country, saying that its gesture would help improve the country’s development.


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Menstrual Health critical to girl child education – CAHESH

Phalombe, August 05, 2020: Campaign for Health Education Sanitation and Hygiene (CAHESH) project coordinator, Lucy Nkhoma says it is important for menstrual hygiene to be mainstreamed in social life for it to be accepted as a normal topic in society so as to secure girl child education.  Nkhoma made the remarks on Tuesday during a day's orientation of key community structures on issues of menstrual health and hygiene aimed at mainstreaming the topic in societal discourse. Speaking during the orientation Nkhoma insinuated that menstrual health is one of the key elements affecting the girl child's education, therefore there was need for proper consideration on it. "Research has shown that when a girl is menstruating and there are no proper hygienic supplies for her to use chances are that she'll miss school for fear of shame. Additionally menstrual health is also about a girl knowing how her menstrual circle works so that even if she engages in sexual activity she can still avoid pregnancy and remain in school," Nkhoma said. Recently statistics from the District Health Office revealed that over 5,000 girls from Phalombe district became pregnant from January to June this year, with around 3,000 of them being school going. Commenting on the issue, Senior Chief Nazombe who also attended the orientation meeting said it was very important for parents to be engaging their children on issues of menstrual health without regarding it as a taboo. The Chief said avoiding discussing the topic in society is one of the reasons girls are getting pregnant and dropping out of school each day. CAHESH is implementing a WASH project in Phalombe and Chikwawa districts in which among other things issues of menstrual health are considered critical.</


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Man arrested for impersonating Police Officer

Lilongwe, August 5, 2020: Lingadzi Police Station has arrested Chikumbutso Jimmy James, 29, for personating a Public Officer working under Kanengo Police Station in Lilongwe. Lingadzi Police Station Spokesperson, Salome Zgambo told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday in Lilongwe that Police received a tip-off from well wishers that the suspect kept on bringing different motor cycles and bicycles to his house at Senti location in the City. “Following that tip, the reporter led a team of detectives and managed to arrest the suspect,”she explained. Zgambo pointed out that in the course of investigations, the suspect was found with Police camouflaged uniform, a mountain bike and Plasma TV screen.
“The uniform comprises of two pairs of trousers, a shirt, and a pair of boots, cane stick, and head dress,” she said.
The Spokesperson said upon interviewing the suspect, he failed to explain clearly where he got the uniform and the matter is still under investigation.
James hails from Kaphale Village in the Area of Traditional Authority (TA) Tambala in Dedza.


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Lions Club District 412B donates PPEs to KCH

Lilongwe, August 5, 2020:  Lions Club District 412B has donated Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) to assist in the fight against Covid-19. Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lilongwe at KCH Monday,  Lions Club District 412B Governor, Ken Banda said the donation was part of the money that the Lions Club International(LCI) has given to Malawi to assist the health system . “We had informed the Lions Club International about the plight of health workers in the country in regards to the escalation of Covid-19,” he said. Banda said LCI has been given them an amount of 10,000 dollars to assist in the fight of the pandemic and it would be channelled three central hospitals in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. “Lions in general are involved in issues of health as some of the pillars are diabetes, sight, Childhood cancer as such all issues that involve health are our priority,” he said. KCH Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chiyanjano Kazombo said the need for PPEs was high at the hospital because the PPEs available are disposable as such there was need for the hospital to be supplied all the time. “The number of people infected people is getting high every day and the isolation centre is getting full as such workers who are working there are in need of the equipments  as they attend to a lot of patients,” she said. Kazombo said when the there was the cases were new in the country there were few people in the isolation centre but as of late the number of people increasing at the isolation centre .


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CARD offers psycho-Social support to Covid- 19 affected Families

Machinga, August 4, 2020: Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) is   providing psycho-social support to families affected by Covid-19 pandemic in Machinga through a K 15 million worth project called Accelerating Preventive measures to Covid-19 in the country. In three months CARD will target people from Group Village Heads Mkhumbwa and Mangulu in Traditional Authority (TA) Nsanama through the new project which is responding to Covid -19. Senior Project Officer for CARD in Machinga, Grant Mzembe said during a community engagement meeting on Tuesday that the project was aimed at improving the psycho-social well-being of families affected by Covid-19 pandemic in the district. “We are training faith and religious leaders and Community Based Health Committee (CBHC) members in psycho-social support so that they should provide psychosocial healing to families with cases of Covid 19,” he said. Mzembe said the trained religious leaders would bring the message of hope to those families with cases of Covid-19 and prevent stigma to patients who have recovered from the pandemic. The Project Officer added that the three months project would increase knowledge on the preventive measure through dissemination of Covid- 19 messages on radio and mobile van. “Locally generated IEC materials will be produced in local languages and disseminated to people of the two areas apart from using community radio to air out programs of Covid 19,” he said, adding that pproject is receiving funds from Act Alliance under Global Rapid Response funding. Nsanama Area Development Committee (ADC) Chairperson, Henderson Aubi noted that  people affected by the virus are stigmatized and discriminated, a behaviour he said poses danger to further spread of the pandemic. “People who are coming from South Africa are sidelined by the community even though they have gone through screening processes,” he said. Aubi urged community leaders to report anyone coming from high risk countries such as South Africa to authorities. “Let us give hope to those found positive because people are recovering from the disease,” he said, adding that community needs to support them whenever they’re fully recovered. Aubi commended CARD for introducing the project to Nsanama area saying communities can only respond to Covid-19 only if they’re provided with the right information.    Apart from Machinga, CARD is also implementing a similar project in Thyolo whilst Evangelical Lutheran Development is in Nkhotakota and Chikwawa districts. As of July 29, 2020, Machinga had recorded 53 confirmed cases of corona virus out of which 16 were active cases.


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Migration governance crucial to national development-IOM

Menstrual Health critical to girl child education – CAHESH

Man arrested for impersonating Police Officer

Lions Club District 412B donates PPEs to KCH

CARD offers psycho-Social support to Covid- 19 affected Families

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