Supporting front-line health workers to end malnutrition

On a bright Thursday morning some fifty or so women gather at Machinga District Hospital in Southern Malawi for a weekly ritual. They bring their children whose ages range from about a year to four years old. In front of the room two hospital staff are attending to the children- checking charts, doing tests and sending them off for appropriate assistance, medication or supplies.

Ebola prevention in Malawi

At the northern tip of the country, and off the shores of lake Malawi, lies Karonga district. One of Malawi’s largest border posts, Songwe border, lies in this district. Every year, thousands of travelers, traders, refugees and migrants trickle into the country through this border. Making it an area prone to health epidemics. In 2018, when Ebola broke out in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, the Karonga District Health Office (DHO) was put on alert

Toilets and clean hands for all: Key to saving lives

Washing hands after toilet use is now a routine that ensures that no one is left behind in sanitation and hygiene © UNICEF Malawi/2019/BPhumisa By Blessings Phumisa, UNICEF Malawi In the lakeshore district of Karonga in northern Malawi, cholera[1] took away eight precious lives in 2018. Diarrhoea, caused by poor sanitation and hygiene, and unsafe … Continue reading Toilets and clean hands for all: Key to saving lives

University here I come! The impact of social cash transfers

William Lifa is a 19-year-old boy from M’bawa Village in Balaka. He’s a happy boy, with a contagious smile. He also has a lot to smile about. He was lucky enough to get a visit from The Minister of Gender, Mary Navicha who came to congratulate him on his selection to University after passing his Malawi Secondary Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations with 10 points.

New life, fresh start for baby Pemphero

Agness Nyirongo is a 62-year-old grandmother. She shares her two-roomed grass thatched house in Mlongoti village, Rumphi District in northern Malawi with two of her children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Located just a few kilometres from the main town, Mlongoti is a poor village full of small houses. Just like Agness’ family, most of the families in this village earn a living from subsistence farming.