Sunday, 30 April 2017

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Expectations are high among communities in Malawi's central region districts as they will be accessing eye screening and treatment services at a low cost.

Being one of the fastest growing districts in Malawi, Karonga is said to be at risk of being subjected to health threats from climate change related factors.

The world’s first HIV vaccine efficacy study is now underway at several South African research centers

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) has developed a contingency plan in preparation for the effects of the La Nina weather phenomenon.

Some farmers in Mzimba have expressed doubt of receiving normal rainfall amid delays in the rainfall onset.

Barely three weeks after armed robbers broke into an Airtel Malawi shop, had unknown thieves on Saturday attempted to steal from the building that houses Opportunity International Bank of Malawi (OIBM) in Karonga district.

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) under the Livingstonia synod in Malawi is on a quest help the sick in hospitals this festive season.



A pile of uncollected passports is accumulating at Malawi’s Immigration Department.

Karonga Freedom Park in Karonga was on 7 November a beehive of activities when the Ngonde clan of Karonga and Chitipa districts held an annual festival in celebration of their culture.

Branded as “Wunyawu wa Kyangonde”, the festival’s aim was to remind people of the true Ngonde customs in a fast paced world where western practices are taking over.

According to the head of the Ngonde clan, such festivals are pertinent to renew and revisit the rite of passage of different ethnic groups in Karonga and Chitipa.

Paramount chief kyungu said the clan’s existence in the northern region of Malawi can be traced back to six centuries ago.

The chief advised parents to take up the responsibility of making sure that their children go to school, especially girls and also ensure that they are not getting brainwashed by modern culture.

He also spoke on the importance of knowing and using one’s mother tongue as it shows identity of a person no matter where they are.

Apart from the leader of the Ngonde clan, the principal secretary in the ministry of civic education and community development also addressed the gathering.

Esmy Kainja concurred with kyungu saying that culture is very important because it brings oneness through food, music, dance, folktales, poetry and even artefacts.

The celebrations showcased authentic Ngonde cuisines which were spiced up by cultural dances and music.


Patrons were clad in Ngonde attires as they danced to music from the locally made musical instruments.

The local arm of the Catholic Church is welcoming the donation announced by Pope Francis meant to cater for hunger stricken families.

The Pope has committed 500 thousand dollars, which is about 390 million Malawi Kwacha, towards the course.

Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi expressed gratification saying the aid from the Catholic head has come at the right time.

It will be used to buy necessary food items and then distribute to families facing hunger.

Henry Saindi confessed that the church is aware of the challenges that are being faced by millions of people.

Therefore, they will see to it that the donation is used for what it is intended for and distributed only to those who are in need.

According to statistics, 8.4 Million people in Malawi are facing hunger this year.

This is due to floods that occurred last year as well as a dry spell that hit some districts in the southern Africa nation this year.

Many farmers were hit hard by the extreme weather pattern.

They harvested little or no maize at all.

Staple food in the Warm Heart of Africa is Nsima whose main ingredient is flour made from maize.

The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi is challenging farmers to venture into commercialisation.

It is believed this is a means of ensuring that they make more gains out of their farming.

It comes as a lot of farmers in the country mainly produce for consumption, a development which has seen most of them failing to progress.

Failure by most farmers to invest in farming has resulted into many failing to purchase inputs such as fertilizer and good seeds among others.

Currently, NASFAM is working with smallholder farmers in the country on crop diversification and how to manage farming as a business.

According to Chief executive officer for NASFAM, Malawi is at risk of either going through floods or drought due to climate change. Therefore, farmers should be prepared at all times.

Farmers have been facing challenges in determining when or what to grow. And they only grow for food and not to gain anything financially.

Betty Chinyamunyamu says NASFAM is assisting them in eliminating the challenges this the best way possible.

Apart from that, NASFAM is encouraging diversification of crops so that famers stop relying on a single crop.

Malawi hugely relies on agriculture for its development.


Tobacco, known as Malawi’s green gold rakes in the much needed billions of United States dollars each year. 

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