Malaria is one of the major causes of death among children under the age of five. Globally, it kills a young child every single minute and causes 75 per cent of all under five deaths. Malawi experiences more than four million cases of malaria every year. Against this background, the Malawi National Malaria Control Program is working hard to eliminate malaria. The programme is improving access to malaria prevention and treatment drugs, and leading various prevention activities to control mosquito breeding.
Mirriam Samson, an orphan, got pregnant when she was 14 and dropped out of school. She survived on piece work but things took a turn for the better when she enrolled in a Functional Literacy programme in her village. The classes are provided by Adolescent Girls Literacy Plus (AGLIT+) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development and UNICEF.
Grace (not her real name) is a shy 19-year-old adolescent. She sits under the shade of a tree, with a baby boy sleeping in a chitenge on her back. Grace lives in Luwinga, one of the biggest towns in Mzuzu, where a lot of working people stay. She is the third born in a family of four. Her father died in 2010, leaving her mother to fend for the family.
A drone being tested to monitor crop production and vegetation, to support subsistence farmers © UNICEF Malawi/2018/Scheibenreif By Michael Scheibenreif, UNICEF Malawi Friends recently asked me if reports in the media about the Israeli Defense Forces’ use of drones to drop tear gas on protesters along the Gaza border affects the way I envisage the … Continue reading Why I still talk about ‘drones’
Tarsizious TJ Chikaonda, U-reporter UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Moving minds multimedia By Tarsizious TJ Chikaonda, 20, student at National College of Information Technology U-Report Malawi is promoting young people’s freedom of expression. As a young man, my father has always been my inspiration because of the achievement he made to get his PhD. So one of my many ambitions … Continue reading My name is Tarsizious and I am a U-Reporter!
Francis Chimberenga, a U reporter UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Chimberenga By Francis Chimberenga, 23, student at Malawi College of Health Sciences U-Report Malawi is a free mobile based-platform which addresses concerns that affects the youth through text message surveys. It provides a platform through which young people send their own concerns in form of text message. One can become … Continue reading My name is Francis and I am a U-Reporter!
U-Report was first launched in Uganda in 2011 and now has a presence in 40 countries. It is a free mobile-based tool to address issues that young people care about through regular opinion polls. As a UN Volunteer working for UNICEF, I attended the U-Report Malawi launch and share how it will give chance for young people to report on things happening in their community.
Lilian at the U-Report Launch at Malawi College of Health Sciences in Lilongwe © UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Luhanga By Lilian Kaoza,23, Community Development student at Pentecostal Life University I was brought up in a community where there are so many issues affecting young people as well as the community. I like working with fellow young people as we … Continue reading My name is Lilian and I am a U-Reporter!
Adolescent girls in class at Nkumba in Mangochi © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Eldson Chagara By Joseph Scott, UNICEF Malawi Following a good harvest this year, Malawi’s hunger crisis has eased for the time being. But it’s only a matter of time before the next drought or flood occurs. This series looks at how communities are preparing themselves … Continue reading Stories of resilience: Small loans help girls go back to school
By Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School © UNICEF/2018/Naomi Kalemba Cholera is a diarrheal disease that is caused by bacteria. The first cholera cases in Malawi were recorded around 1976. Since then many people have lost their lives to the disease. People can contract cholera … Continue reading What causes cholera?