Every 1-7 August, the world commemorates World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this year’s week is “empower parents, enable breastfeeding”. Breastfeeding is a vital part of providing every child with the healthiest start to life.
On a drizzling morning in Phalombe district, Malawi, mothers and their children gather at a village clinic for growth monitoring appointments for the children. The clinic is located on a mountain and is surrounded by grassy plains and a forest. Tawina Mawindo is here with her 4-year-old son, Boniface Masiye.
It’s the middle of the rainy season in Malawi. The countryside is green and many households are happy to see better rainfall than last year. However, the effects of last year’s poor harvest are still being felt. Many families in Nankumba village in Mangochi district do not have enough food to feed their children. One of these families is Cecilia Martin’s. Food insecurity has led to her one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl, Viola, to suffer from severe malnutrition.
For Manesi Fanuwelo, 33, the thought of losing another child to malnutrition was unbearable. In 2007, Fanuwelo, from Nkhwazi village in Chikwawa, Malawi, lost a son to the condition. The young boy was about to reach his third birthday when he died. And now, her 10-month-old daughter, Laima, was showing the same symptoms that killed her brother.
Beata Bignos was shaken when she saw her child’s feet, stomach, and cheeks were swelling. He had kwashiorkor, a severe form of acute malnutrition. After being treated at Gabriel’s Hospital in Namitete in rural Lilongwe, her son, Yosefe, is now healthy and bouncy again, as should every 2-year-old.
n many rural Malawian households, adequate nutritious meals are not readily available. Over the past few years, drought and flooding have also affected food production, reducing the already small and undiversified food portions of the poor.
Children show off their new colouring books- a gift from MSC © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Eldson Chagara By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi It is a rare sight in these parts. Two trucks carrying 40 foot containers are making their way into Gonda Village in Chikwawa, Malawi. Excited children run behind the trucks as their parents try to … Continue reading A promise delivered: MSC brings supplies to Gonda village
German Ambassador to Malawi Jurgen Borsch pounding vegetables during a cooking demonstration at Chakhaza village in Dowa UNICEF/Malawi/2017/Chagara Four year old Emily Jacob of Chakhaza village was not eating the right foods and it started to show. She had lost weight and was crying more than usual. Her mother took her to a nutrition screening … Continue reading German Ambassador visits UNICEF nutrition and WASH projects