Signposts and second chances: teaching girls to read and write

Class in session: UNICEF and its partners are giving adolescent girls a second chance to learn  © UNICEF Malawi/2017/ Eldson Chagara By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi It’s about 3 in the afternoon, long after regular classes have ended at Mpingwe Primary School in Mangochi. 30 girls sit in a classroom. Some have babies on their backs … Continue reading Signposts and second chances: teaching girls to read and write

Removing barriers to girls’ education

Girls at risk; poverty, early pregnancies and child marriages force girls out of school © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Andrew Brown By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi This lakeshore town is Malawi’s tourism hub. Beautiful hotels and resorts along Lake Malawi offer getaway destinations to local and international tourists, as well as employment to the locals. Mangochi is also … Continue reading Removing barriers to girls’ education

Big Classrooms, Big Problems: Investing in the future through investing in education

Edith Chiwalo during a Chichewa lesson at Mbayani primary school in Blantyre  © UNICEF Malawi /2017 /Eldson Chagara By Naomi Kalemba, UNICEF Malawi Mbayani Primary School Edith Chiwalo teaches standard three at the Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre. Her class has 177 children. Mbayani Primary School is located in the middle of the densely populated and … Continue reading Big Classrooms, Big Problems: Investing in the future through investing in education

UNICEF Donates 500 bicycles for Community Policing

By Lulutani Tembo, UNICEF Malawi A few of the 500 bikes donated by UNICEF to enhance community policing in 14 districts  © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Tembo UNICEF has donated 500 bicycles to the Malawi Police Service to address mobility challenges in community policing. Community policing groups walk long distances to report cases of violence to police. The … Continue reading UNICEF Donates 500 bicycles for Community Policing

Think positive …what role does stigma and stereotypes play in the transmission of HIV?

By Yasmin Youssef, UNICEF Malawi Guest Blogger What do you think about when you hear HIV/AIDS? Be honest! Do you have dramatic pictures of sickly, scraggy, suffering people in your head? Or do you picture Tom Hanks in his movie Philadelphia? Many of you reading this article probably will. You do not have to be … Continue reading Think positive …what role does stigma and stereotypes play in the transmission of HIV?

A new generation……a new approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care?

By: Jack Liddall, UNICEF Malawi Guest Blogger I am 16 years old. I was born at the beginning of the 21st century and live in a world that my parents could hardly have imagined. A world of the internet, a digital age, where I can Skype someone on the other side of the world if I … Continue reading A new generation……a new approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care?

My life is not defined by what is in my blood, I define myself and who I want to be

Anonymous Guest Blogger, Lilongwe, Malawi. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Kalemba I was 19 years old and in my first year of undergraduate studies at one of the universities when I learnt about my HIV status. A guy that I was dating proposed that we should go for an HIV test. He had the test done first. His … Continue reading My life is not defined by what is in my blood, I define myself and who I want to be

Testing early, saving lives in Malawi

By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi Testing children early can save many lives. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/ Its barely 8 o’clock in the morning but the waiting room is already full. You cannot hear much above the noise, hospital attendants moving around, calling out numbers and names while some of the women try to calm their crying … Continue reading Testing early, saving lives in Malawi

HIV positive and living life to the fullest

By Kingsley Uganja, Guest Blogger Kingsley is very open about his HIV status and wants to use his story to inspire other HIV positive youth to adhere to their antiretroviral treatment. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Banda I am Kingsley Uganja. I am 22 years old and I am HIV positive. I was diagnosed with HIV in December … Continue reading HIV positive and living life to the fullest