Kottana Chidyaonga died of Termik poisoning, not from snake bite — autopsy report

  By Duncan Mlanjira A forensic autopsy done by expert Dr. Charles Dzamalala has concluded that 23-year-old Kottana Maria Chidyaonga of Lilongwe did not die after being bitten by a snake but rather from acute poisoning after consuming Termik. In his assessment, Dzamalala says based on the circumstances surrounding this death, this incidence of acute poisoning is most probably due to a homicidal act rather than suicidal or accident act. “This death was from unnatural. It was due to…

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CADECOM takes Inclusive Education to another level with fresh campaign on antenatal clinic attendance

  By Duncan Mlanjira Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) has taken its Inclusive Education programme which it initiated in rural areas to another level by encouraging expectant mothers to conscientiously attend antenatal clinic sessions. This is one way the parents can avoid bearing children with disabilities because antenatal clinic sessions advises expectant mothers many ways on how to live a healthy life, among other things, through eating proper balanced diets.  Inclusive Education is an academic programme aimed at integrating children…

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Food insecurity threatens Malawi’s HIV progress

  By Henry Kijimwana Mhango, The Telegraph Thousands of people living with HIV and Aids in Malawi are “silently” dying of hunger, even as the government spends huge sums of money procuring life-prolonging drugs. The small southern African country has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids worldwide, with roughly one million people suffering from the deadly disease.  But over the last 15 years the government has ramped up efforts to tackle the epidemic, gaining global recognition….

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Grand graduation ceremony held for healthcare professionals in majestic Muscat

  By Dr Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui Muscat – the majestic capital city of the Sultanate of Oman came alive with a grand graduation ceremony of students belonging to the Ministry of Health’s Oman College of Health Sciences (OCHS) and the Higher Institute of Health Specialties (HIHS) on a pleasant wintery evening.  Secretary-General of the Education Council, His Excellency Dr. Said bin Hamad Al Rubaie, was the guest of honour. In his admirable address, Prof. Mustafa Fahmi Mohammed, Dean, Oman…

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The right to morphine: With the rise of cancer in Malawi comes the need to fight its pain

  By Vicky Allan, Herald Scotland Cancer is now the leading cause of death in wealthy countries. But what’s seldom highlighted is that rates are rising in every country and where you live has an impact on how likely you are to die from your diagnosis, and how much pain you are likely to suffer. It has an impact on whether you get effective painkillers and on what chance you have of surviving. In sub-Saharan Africa you are more…

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Muslim Youth United signs official MoU with Queens for adoption of neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards

  By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United (MYU) and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Queens) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the adoption of neurosurgical and orthopaedic wards where the grouping is expected to visit the wards every week to assess and address their pressing needs. Dubbed We Care Wards, the official MOU was signed at Queens’ conference room on Friday between MYU chairman Abdullah Panjwani and Dr. Samson Ndolo, who is the hospital’s director. The group…

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Lions club donates assorted items to KCH

By Ireen Kayira, MANA  Lions Club District 412B has donated assorted items to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) paediatric cancer ward in Lilongwe worth K1.5 million to supplement the nutrition status of the ward. The club donated items like peanut butter, eggs, milk and sugar on Monday, December 9. Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA) during the presentation of the donation, Lions Club District Governor for Malawi and Mozambique (412B), Abraham George said the donation comes after the club conducted…

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Mzimba to benefit from improved HIV/Aids service delivery

  By Enalla Mnyenyembe, MANA Mzimba is one of the five districts in the county to benefit from a project aimed at strengthening the delivery, coordination and monitoring of HIVAids services through faith based institutions. In an interview on Friday on the sidelines of a meeting with stakeholders in Mzuzu City, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) monitoring and evaluation officer, Gift Werekhwe said the project would involve identifying men and boys for HIV testing as well as  protecting…

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Aerobics’ fundraising mental health awareness workout mobilizes K3.5m worth of materials for Zomba Mental Hospital

  By Duncan Mlanjira The Aerobathon workout, which aerobics enthusiasts organised as a fundraising mental health awareness at College of Medicine in Blantyre on November 23, managed to mobilize K3.5 million worth of materials to be donated at Zomba Mental Hospital. Organised by Lilongwe-based Sweat-factory Fitness Studio, the day-long event, which is an aerobic workout sequence that combines all body parts, received an overwhelming response, as said by one of the trainers Tamara Chafunya. She said the donation will…

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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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