Malawi tests first UAV flights for HIV Early Infant Diagnosis
The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The first successful test flight completed the 10km route unhindered travelling from a community health centre to the Kamuzu Central Hospital laboratory. The local residents gathered in amazement as the vehicle took off and flew away in the direction of the hospital. The test flights which are assessing viability including cost and safety, will continue until Friday 18th March.
Quality new born care a must for child survival
Sellina carried her pregnancy for 9 months with pride as she knew that a life was growing inside her. Being her first pregnancy, she looked forward to the day her child would be born. Mother Nature smiled on her in March this year and she delivered a healthy baby boy at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe. Within hours of the baby’s birth, Sellina was home with her little bundle of joy. But in less than 7 days the joy she had turned into sadness as her baby boy developed a rash, which within a few days took away his life.
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UNICEF has been operating in Malawi since 1987. The current UNICEF/ Government of Malawi Country Programme of Cooperation aims to support national efforts to progressively realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation.