Life in the community

Rural and semi-urban areas tend to be disadvantaged when compared to their urban counterparts. Poor sanitation, poor hygiene, school dropout rates, and poverty in general, are greater. A 2003 study, Urban-Rural Inequality in Living Standards in Africa, found that living standards in rural communities lag behind urban communities. The study found many more boys go to school than girls. Unfortunately, young girls are married off or remain at home to perform on household chores.

Tracking the source of cholera

The day began as usual. I woke up at 6:30 am to get ready for work. An hour or so later, I arrived in Area 24 to join my colleagues, and try to stop the spread of cholera in the area.

Area 24 is a crowded township located on the boundary between Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, and the surrounding rural district.

Our task for the day was simple: to locate, photograph and mark on a Google map all the nearby sanitation and hygiene facilities including toilets, water points and dumpsites.

City under siege: preventing cholera in Lilongwe

On 20 May 2018, Lilongwe became cholera free, following an outbreak that lasted four months, affected 388 people, and claimed 18 lives. Nationally, over 900 people were affected with 30 deaths. The outbreak was caused by unsafe water consumption and poor hygiene and sanitation practices. Unless these underlying issues are addressed, cholera is likely to return.

Saving children in Malawi’s birthplace of cholera

It’s only September, but the heat is already becoming unbearable. At the peak of summer, temperatures rise to a scorching 42°C in Nsanje, southern Malawi. The main road which traverses Malawi from Karonga in the north, becomes an earth road in the southern district. About 56km of bumpy earth road leads to Ndamera. There is not much to see on the way, just a few cows and some kiosks. The heat and the dust make the journey seem even longer.

What causes cholera?

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?

Drones for cholera response: innovating for children in Malawi

By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi Aerial image of area 23, one of the populous townships in Lilongwe © UNICEF Malawi/2018/Moving Minds Multimedia Everything is carefully done. Clinicians put on their gloves, masks, protective coats and boots as they prepare to attend to patients in a cholera treatment camp at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe. The camp … Continue reading Drones for cholera response: innovating for children in Malawi

An innovation to help fight against the outbreak of cholera in Malawi

By Jennifer M’meta, Form 4 student, Chinsapo Secondary School Jennifer M’meta, Form 4 student, Chinsapo Secondary School © UNICEF/2018/Naomi Kalemba UNICEF has introduced drones as one of the ways to address the ongoing cholera outbreak. The drones are used to map out affected locations and places most likely to be affected by cholera. Recently, UNICEF … Continue reading An innovation to help fight against the outbreak of cholera in Malawi

Cholera threats at my school in Chinsapo, Lilongwe

By Alinafe Banda, Form 3 Student, Chinsapo Secondary School Alinafe Banda at Chinsapo Secondary School. © UNICEF Malawi/2018/Naomi Kalemba Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that is caused by bacteria. It spreads through consuming water and food that has been contaminated with the fecal material containing the cholera bacteria. Once in the body, the bacteria … Continue reading Cholera threats at my school in Chinsapo, Lilongwe