On the move: mobile clinic helps malnourished children

The sound of a bell rings out to announce that the school day has just finished at Kathebwe Primary School. It’s a hot, sunny day. Children run outside and start to disperse. Some go home to nearby villages, while others start kicking a ball around on the school field. A third group joins their mothers and younger siblings, who are sitting with a hundred or more flood victims in the shade of a large tree. Since the heavy rains and floods of early March, this school has doubled as an evacuation centre.

UNICEF helps mother and child who escaped Mozambique

Malawi’s border with neighbouring Mozambique has always been fluid. People move freely across the vast land border for trade and marriage. The language spoken in the southern border villages is often a fusion of Sena (spoken by the Sena tribe of southern Malawi) and Portuguese from Mozambique. It is not uncommon to find Malawians in these areas speaking fluent Portuguese and using a Mozambique network on their mobile phones.

Why I still talk about ‘drones’

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’

Testing the use of drones for emergency flood response

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) staff analyze a map of the affected area ©UNICEF Malawi/2017/Jacob Nankhonya By Judith Sherman, Chief of HIV/AIDS, UNICEF Malawi At 9 am on 8 November 2017, the Deputy Director of Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Dyce Nkhoma, received a phone call from … Continue reading Testing the use of drones for emergency flood response

My time working on cash transfers for the poorest families in Malawi

A government accountant makes a cash transfer to Paulino Gideon, a beneficiary of the Social Cash Transfer Programme, in Malawi’s Mchinji District © UNICEF Malawi/2016/Amos Gumulira By Maren Platzmann, UNICEF Malawi Working in Malawi has been thrilling since the beginning. I am German, although I grew up in Belgium, close to Aachen. I studied Political … Continue reading My time working on cash transfers for the poorest families in Malawi