Kasungu introduces HIV self-test

  By Amos Banda, MANA Partners have intensified intervention activities in an effort to reduce new HIV infections through introduction of HIV self-test in Kasungu. Speaking during a review meeting for the HIV prevention technical working group, Kasungu District Interfaith Aids Committee (DIAC) chairperson, Alikanjero Kanyemba hailed the cooperation that is there between faith communities, partners and the government in the fight against HIV spread in the district. “We had problems at first with the faith communities to embrace…

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Lions Club Salima diabetics screening exercise identifies pregnant women who were not aware were affected

  By Duncan Mlanjira Lions Club of Salima carried out a diabetics screen testing exercise on Saturday on over 60 pregnant women at Salima District Hospital that identified several who were not aware they had high sugar levels that needed attention. They were also checked their weight and blood pressure and those found with problems were immediately referred to clinicians for further management. “These women are not routinely screened during pregnancy due to resource constraints,” Lion Esmie Chamdimba. “High…

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Unemployed medical personnel plan demonstration on Nov. 29

By Duncan Mlanjira Unemployed doctors, nurse-midwives, clinicians concerned citizens across Malawi are planning to go on a demonstration march on  November 29  to deliver a petition through City and District councils. A statement issued on November 23 by the group led by Health Rights Activist, Donald Kanjere Zgambo and Donex Tchaka Mumba, National Representative for concerned unemployed health professionals, demonstrations will be followed by a week of picketing of staff against working in public hospitals. They also plan to…

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Muslim Youth United adopts neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards at Queens

  By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United has adopted neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where they donated a bale of blankets and that every week they will be expected to visit the wards to assess their needs. This was has announced at Mpingwe Sports Club on Sunday where the grouping also donated physiotherapy equipment to Kachere Rehabilitation Centre, MACOHA and FEDOMA in Blantyre that included 120 wheelchairs, 20 walkers and 100 walking sticks. The grouping…

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Malawi joins world in commemorating of International Prematurity Day

By Duncan Mlanjira The Ministry of Health (MoH) is today (November 22) commemorating the World Prematurity Day under the global theme ‘Born too soon; Providing the Right Care; at the Right Time and in the Right Place’. Secretary for Health and Population, Dr. Dan Namarika, says in a press statement that the theme resonates well with the global report on ‘Survive and Thrive; transforming care for every small and sick newborn’ which was launched at the World Health Assembly…

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Karonga Council asked to properly manage waste disposal site

By Laureen Banda, MANA Group Village Headman Cheyema has asked Karonga District Council to manage Katili waste disposal site, saying it has turned into health hazard to people.  The local leader made the call this week when officials from Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRCC) visited the area on health assessment. “We are very worried with what is happening here. Garbage is being disposed just anyhow, outside the fence thereby compromising hygiene for the people living around here….

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Netherland NGO donates K400m-worth surgical equipment to Kasungu Hospital

By Duncan Mlanjira Netherland NGO, Help for Malawi, has handed over surgical equipment worth K400 million to be used in testing sugar and BP levels as well as dental services for Kasungu District Hospitals as well as all its affiliate health centers. Help For Malawi has been in the country for the past seven years and its Board chairperson, Marleen Luiten said they were very happy to be associated with helping Malawi. She said her organization started helping the…

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Mzimba TA applauds Malawi Red Cross Society’s WASH project

By Joseph Mkandawire, MANA Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande of Mzimba District has applauded Malawi Red Cross Society for improving sanitation status in his area through the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) interventions. The WASH project in T/A Kampingo Sibande’s area has contributed to reduction of communicable diseases such as diarrhea. “Over 90 percent of households now have sanitation facilities such as latrines. We are a community that suffered from cholera before,” the T/A said. He commended fellow traditional leaders…

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Sanitation workers’ health and lives at risk in developing world

By Duncan Mlanjira  An extensive global study by International Labour Organisation, WaterAid, World Bank and World Health Organization reveals that millions of sanitation workers in the developing world are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and lives. The study was unveiled during the commemoration of World Toilet Day under the theme ‘Leaving No One Behind’, which says despite providing an essential public service, these workers are often the most marginalised, poor and discriminated against by members…

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Malawi tops the list of 10 countries with highest rate of premature births

  By Duncan Mlanjira A report from the Middle East indicates that Malawi tops the list of 10 countries with the highest rates of premature births per 100 live births. This was disclosed during the commemoration of World Prematurity Day in Muscat, Oman on Thursday and confirmed by Malawi’s Dr. Grace Chiudzu, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The report done by Middle East journalist, Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui, says Malawi is rated at 18.1 preterm births per 100…

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