Sep 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017
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At least 20 people most of whom teachers have been awarded certificates of attendance after successfully completing a ten-day training workshop.

The training was meant to impart them with knowledge on how they can provide youth friendly services to complement those that are already being provided in Malawi's Karonga district.

According to the district’s Youth Friendly Health Service Coordinator, Davis Chelewani they targeted teachers after noting that there is a link between the Institute for Integrated Women and Development (IIWD) and teachers.

And it was also noted teachers spend most of their time with young people so they can easily relate with them and discuss with them health issues that matter to them in a friendly manner.

“Now that we have successfully trained them through this ten day training period, we expect a great change in health service delivery among the youth,” Chelewani added.

IIWD Project Coordinator for the Karonga youth friendly health services, Margret Jere disclosed that they were in full support of the training.

 “We are very happy that these teachers have successfully completed their ten day training and been awarded certificates.

They will benefit both IIWD and St. Mary’s girl’s primary school such that they will be able to work in harmony to assist young girls to complete their education and avoid indulging themselves into immoral behaviour that can hinder their education,” Jere said.

She said they want to have full support of a girl child and that their human right be respected so that they are free from any form of violation.

Speaking Capital FM to after receiving her certificate, Prisca Chiutsi said through the skills and knowledge imparted unto her will increase her potential to encourage girls and boys to concentrate on their education and refrain from social malpractices that would ruin their life.

“I hope this will make us assist them to make good foundation for their lives and also enlighten them on how they can actually report cases of abuse they may go through,” she said.

The Local South African Airways (SAA) office still claims it is unaware of reports that their mother company is cutting its Malawi routes.

About two weeks ago South African media reported that SAA intends to cut the number of flights and routes in some parts of Africa and within South Africa.

The move is expected to allow SAA to scale back their fleet from 50 aircrafts to only 40, of which they own only nine.

The development has raised fears amongst the travelling public that frequent the SA-Malawi route, especially the business community.

The South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is meanwhile expected to make an announcement on an equity injection during the next parliament’s medium term budget policy statement session next month.

Capital FM has been trying to get an update on the issue, but the country director for SAA in Malawi James Chikaonda insists there have not been any new developments that they are aware of on the matter.

SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa. Its headquarters are in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

MBS On Awareness Campaign

Representatives of the Malawi Bureau of Standards have embarked on an awareness campaign for captains of industry on their improved capacity in accreditation and certification.

The Bureau is implementing what it calls the Standardisation Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology program popularly known as SQAM.

Under the project the MBS is constructing high tech laboratories that will help in the accreditation of locally produced goods earmarked for the export market.

The development is expected to deal with the current challenges faced by Malawian exporters of having their goods and products retested in destination countries, hence draining a lot of forex on payments.

Representatives of the bureau have since disclosed that the awareness seminars will be held across the country

Speaking to Capital FM, MBS Director of Quality Assurance Steven Kamuloni said there is a need for the industry to know that they can acquire the international standards testing locally.

 

Representatives of maternal health program being implemented in Malawi’s four districts have disclosed to have so far spent over MK2 billion.

This follows provision of cash bonuses to expectant women, health workers, infrastructure development as well as procurement of medical supplies to participating health facilities.

The revelation comes as the Malawi government under Ministry of Health is implementing a maternal health program with financial support from the governments of Norway and.

Speaking to Capital FM, the Deputy Program Director revealed that so far over 100, 000 expectant women have benefited in the conditional cash transfer with over MK600 million disbursed to them.

Reagan Kaluluma further adds that money totaling to MK849 Million has been spent on infrastructure expenses in all the four districts.

He however disclosed the program still faces constraints pointing out staff attrition which is high, delay in infrastructure and procurement of medical equipment among others.

“Some communities do not understand the target criteria hence create the myth that the money is associated with spiritualism,” added Kaluluma

The project dubbed Results Based Financing for Maternal and Neonatal Health (RBF4MNH) is being implemented in 33 health facilities in Ntcheu, Dedza, Mchinji and Balaka.

It is aimed at contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths in the impact districts.

This is so through provision of incentives inform of cash bonus to staff as well conditional cash transfer to expectant women in a bid to increase hospital deliveries.

Apart from that, the program also procures medical equipment besides infrastructure development to benefiting health facilities in a bid to improve quality health care.

An elephant has killed a 40-year-old woman at Kawelenga Village in Nkhotakota district.

Confirming the development, Nkhotakota Police Station Deputy Public Relations Officer, Paul Malimwe identified the deceased as Aida Nkuzi.

Malimwe says the deceased met her fate when she went to fetch firewood in the bush near Nkhotakota Game Reserve.

After noticing that his wife was delaying from returning home, the deceased’s husband, Ezala Kamwendo, started searching for her in the bush and later found her dead body under a tree with multiple fractures on the neck and hands.

Postmortem results jointly conducted by Nkhotakota Police and the District Hospital indicate that the death was due to severe head injuries and loss of blood.

Just recently 500 elephants were relocated from Liwonde and Majete Parks to Nkhotakota Game Reserve.

This was one of the measures to address the plummeting numbers in Africa, attributed to poaching.

A recent continent-wide survey showed catastrophic losses, with numbers dipping from 1.3 million in 1979 to around 350,000 -- far lower than expected.

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