Chimpololo village: a shining example of open defecation free status

The winding road to Chimpololo Village in Kasungu District can easily mislead someone as to what they will see. The meandering earth road through markets and a primary school is a busy site, but one thing that stands out in this community is how clean it is and the community members are still basking in the glory of its open defecation free status.

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?

Keeping girls in school with menstrual hygiene facilities

In Malawi the national school drop-out rate hovers around 10.5% due due to reasons which include long distances from home to school forcing children to stay home; poverty as well as unfriendly school environments including lack of class room infrastructure. For adolescent girls, their reasons for dropping out of school are compounded by the lack of dignified sanitation facilities

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

UNICEF urges communities to make hand washing with soap a lifestyle

A girl shows off hand washing with soap techniques at the global handwashing day commemoration. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Govati Nyirenda By Doreen Matonga, UNICEF Malawi It was a day full of dance, captivating drama and poems at the 2017 Global Handwashing Day commemoration in Salima. The day was celebrated under the theme ‘Our hands, Our future’. … Continue reading UNICEF urges communities to make hand washing with soap a lifestyle

Handwashing in Malawi: Our Hands, Our Future

Alice Mwale, a student at Thundwe Primary School in Mzimba, comes out of a sanitary facility and uses the hand washing facilities. © UNICEF Malawi/2012/Anthony Asael By Paulos Workneh,Chief of WASH UNICEF Malawi We do not need expensive supplies or high-tech treatments to prevent diseases and save the lives of children. Despite this, an unacceptably … Continue reading Handwashing in Malawi: Our Hands, Our Future

Billy village: setting a good example in sanitation

A child walks out of a toilet block in a village in Nsanje district © UNICEF Malawi/2012 By Doreen Matonga Located right at the Nsolo border with Mozambique, Billy village is abuzz with business activities. The long winding road has all manner of people both young and old coming in and out of the two … Continue reading Billy village: setting a good example in sanitation

Embracing good sanitation even at the graveyard

By Doreen Matonga Heading towards the graveyard at Nkhumbalume village is an extraordinary scene. In a place that is highly respected by many communities in Malawi are the usual thickets and the quietness of the graveyard. But in Nkhumbalume Village in Traditional Authority Mabvwele in Mchinji is a small structure just outside the entrance to … Continue reading Embracing good sanitation even at the graveyard