Chiwenga’s illness caused by White City explosion- Charamba

HARARE-(MaraviPost)-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson and Deputy Chief Secretary of Presidential Communications George Charamba has said that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is being treated for an illness which was caused by the White City explosion in Bulawayo before elections.
Charamba said that the Vice President had been unable to receive full medical treatment due to the fact that he was heavily involved in campaigning as well as in setting up government after the July 30 harmonised elections. Speaking to The Herald, Charamba said,
“Alongside VP Mohadi, Mai (Oppah) Muchinguri-Kashiri, General Engelbert Rugeje, Cde Mabel Chinomona and scores of other security personnel, General Chiwenga and his family were affected by the White City bombing incident.
“It happened in the middle of elections so it was not possible for him to go for a thorough medical examination. After the elections, we had pressure of forming a new Government and again he couldn’t go out for that examination. His wife, as you may be aware, went for medical treatment alongside other officials. A decision was then taken that now that elections are behind us, and also that the new Government has been constituted, the General should now go for a thorough medical examination.”
Charamba also said that Vice President has been living with a bullet lodged in his lungs from before independence.
“Apart from the White City Stadium injury, the General was injured towards (the) ceasefire in the Chiduku area in Hwedza and for a long time, he had a bullet lodged in his lung. There is that historical problem yavagara vainayo over and above what happened at White City Stadium. That then made it urgent for him to then get that thorough medical attention I am talking about.”

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Lifebuoy commemorates Global Handwashing Day: Unliver Malawi to donate soap worth K1.7m to KCH

Unilever Malawi, through its Lifebuoy brand will tomorrow, October 16, 2018 join the rest of the world in celebrating the Global Hand washing Day by donating Lifebuoy soap worth over MK1.7 million to Kamuzu Central...

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World Vision reaches out 2.5 million Malawians with mosquito nets

World Vision Malawi this week disclosed that it has distributed 2.5 million mosquito nets in the
Southern Region.
The exercise is one of organisation phase’ campaigns of giving out Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets in the country’s 28 districts to fight malaria.
The campaign is in line with the Global Fund financing arrangement for the 2018-2020 grants for National Malaria Control Program.
The National Director for World Vision, Hezel Nyathi has since described the Global Fund Anti Malaria a success.
“The exercise has reached a total of nine districts within its first 10 days of its inception and these are; Machinga, Balaka, Mwanza, Neno, Zomba, Thyolo, Chikwawa, Blantyre and Nsanje and of these, Zomba, Mwanza and Neno have completed distributions in all sites,” Nyathi said.
In its 2016-20 strategy, World Vision Malawi aims at making a measurable contribution in improving the well being of 5.5 million children by among others fighting Malaria head on.
Nyathi said the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) in the southern part of Malawi started on 24th September 2018 as per micro-planning schedule.
“A total of 2,375,856 LLINs have been distributed to 1,243 sites representing 21% of the total
national target,” she said.
World Vision Malawi and Malawi Government, through Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Programme and with support from Global Fund, is implementing the LLIN mass distribution campaign.
The overall objective of the campaign is to ensure that 10.9 million LLINs are distributed to 3.5 million households in Malawi by December 2018 in a quest to lessen the burden of malaria in the country.
Other stakeholders in this project are; PSI, Chemonics, FHI360, USAID and World Health
Organization while National Task.
Force will provide technical expertise to World Vision to ensure That all the processes are followed in household registering, training of health workers, distribution and reconciliation of the LLINs as part of accountability.
According to Nyathi, a district task force will oversee the operations of the distribution.
Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, told the media recently during the Malaria Commemoration Day 2018 that the government was worried as sleeping under mosquito nets remained a challenge in Malawi.
According to verified figures, malaria contributes to 30 percent of all patients admitted to Malawi health facilities and 40 percent of those treated were out-patients.
World Vision Malawi, which has been implementing relief, development and advocacy interventions in Malawi since 1982, is currently working in all 28 districts through 39 Area Programmes and Grant supported projects.

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World Vision Malawi distributes 2.5 million mosquito nets in the South to prevent malaria

World Vision Malawi  charity organization has distributed 2.5 million mosquito nets in the Southern Region in its phase one of  a campaign of to give out  Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets in the country’s 28 districts...

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Malawi: Poor Menstrual Health Management Posing a Threat to Life

Poor Menstrual Health Management
Participants in a group discussion

Written By Phillip Dzikanyanga

Though very few are aware, Malawi is on a fast ticking bomb due to its continued silence on menstrual health management which apart from largely contributing to school drop outs among girls it is also hurting the environment due to poor disposal of the sanitary materials used by menstruating women and girls.

This alarming fact has been revealed by the key stakeholders working in the WASH sector during a trainer of the trainer’s workshop that ended on 5 October at Silver Sands hotel in Salima where over 60 people across Malawi were trained in Menstrual Health Management (MHM).

Break the silence” was a take home message which the now facilitators were told to carry with them and pass it on to others starting with their immediate family members before casting the net wide.

Senior Technical Officer for Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) which is under the United Nations (UN) based in Geneva Dr Virginia Kamowa said there is a huge information gap and misinformation on MHM issues which often is surrounded by myths and taboos.

“There is too much secrecy and wrong information which is making our girls die in silence, many have dropped out of school due to stigma and lack of necessary facilities like the inclusive change rooms which can accommodate even the disabled. Some girls have no access to safe sanitary materials due to poverty hence the use of things that are harmful to them” She said.

Kamowa also lamented poor menstrual hygiene management where the used materials are disposed anyhow like throwing in pit latrines resulting into quick filling of the toilets and sometimes polluting the environment because currently most public and private places have no spaces for safe disposal.

“We are pushing for a policy that will give guidelines on how to address these issues because currently Malawi has no stand-alone policy that specifically looks at MHM. This to some extent is suffocating our efforts, but still we are working hard and we will keep learning from our friends like India, Kenya and Tanzania who are now steps ahead in managing MHM issues” She said.

The workshop was organized in collaboration with Water and Environmental Sanitation Network (WESNET) an organisation working in the WASH sector.

WESNET programs officer Asayire Kapira said his organisation will continue to provide space for collaboration and networking to improve the wellbeing of women and girls in regard to MHM.

In her remarks, Director of water supply and Sanitation in the ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water development Emma Mbalame commended WSSCC and WESNET for the effort saying proper menstrual health management is fundamental for the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls.

She said government will facilitate the formation of a task force that will coordinate MHM issues in Malawi.

“We want to break the silence to break the stigma, improper menstrual health management is disastrous if go unchecked” She said.

One of the participants Onesus Nyirenda who is Ntcheu District water development officer under Ntcheu District council said the training was informative and he is ready to go and break the silence on MHM issues.

He said he is ready to share what he has gathered since now he has a starting point on how to handle MHM lessons.

Malawi had the first ever Menstrual Health Management day on 28 May in Lilongwe.

Menstrual Health Management issues, water and Sanitation are highlighted in goal number 6 of the recently adopted Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations.

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Atupele Muluzi to lead Health Sector Joint Annual meeting to be held 10th October at Capital Hotel

President Peter Mutharika and Rival Atupele Muluzi Now Parners

In a presser made available to media, The Ministry of Health and Population is said to hold its Joint Annual Review meeting on 10th October, 2018 at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe from 8.30am. The main objective of the meeting is to review the performance of the health sector based on Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP and Performance Monitoring Indicators and reform areas among others, in line with Universal Health Coverage.

The theme for this year’s meeting is

�HSSP 2 Year One – Counting Progress

�. Through various presentations and open discussions, participants will review the country’s progress and future perspectives with regard to health service delivery.

The meeting will present activities carried out in the 2017/2018 Financial Year. It will assess the achievements and discuss challenges facing the health sector as well as identify gaps in the implementation of policies and programmes and then come up with actions and milestones to be assessed at the next joint review meeting.

The Ministry has invited its key stakeholders from Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and Development partners. The meeting will be opened by the Minister of Health and Population, Honourable Atupele Muluzi, M.P.

Finally, the Ministry would like to reiterate its commitment to ensuring universal health care to all people in Malawi. It continues to work with districts and communities and improve the quality of care it provides to our citizens.

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Nurse and doctors join Fun Run, render free services at Ntchisi Hospital

The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) jointly with Society of Medical Doctors (SDM) and Association of Malawian Midwives (AMAMI), last Saturday visited Ntchisi District Hospital  where they provided various health servicesto...

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