Saved from the ugly jaws of child marriage
Malawi’s Mangochi District is among the many districts in the country that has ‘exported’ a lot of young men and women to South Africa in search of greener pastures. For the men that come back for a visit, they are considered a ‘jackpot’ by many families such that they would force their young girls to marry them in the hope for a better life.
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.
What we do
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.