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Raise a hand for hygiene – Global Handwashing Day commemoration
16 October 2015- Government officials, traditional leaders and development partners joined pupils from different schools gathered at Malambo Primary School in Dowa District today to celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

Lack of access to hygiene could endanger new Development Agenda – UNICEF
15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.

Malawi celebrates International Day of the Girl
13 October 2015 - The weekend of 10 and 11 October was a weekend dedicated to girls. International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated with commemorations in Salima and Dedza, two districts under the UN Joint Programme on Girls Education.

Roping in a fresh voice in fight for girl child rights
September 2015 - The government of Malawi has made some important strides in its efforts to bring gender equity by the passing of important legislature such as the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act,.

Social Cash Transfer Programme: To graduate or to be exited?
September 2015 - 61.6 per cent of people in Malawi are living below the international poverty line of US $ 1.25 per day. The widespread poverty in the country is a major cause of vulnerability for children and women in Malawi.

Chief Kachindamoto annulled 330 teenage marriages
August 2015 - Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world as it is ranked eighth out of the 20 countries that are considered to have the highest rates of child marriages (UNFPA 2012)..

Additional MK 500 million for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Malawi
19 August 2015 - With an opening budget of MK 19.9 million for financial year 2015/16, the ECD sector in Malawi has managed to raise government allocation for the sector to MK 519.9 million – a 25 fold increase.

OP-ED: 30th July - World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
30 July 2015 - After being abducted, two young South Africans, one a 20 year old woman and the other a 14 year old boy, were smuggled across borders and trafficked to Malawi. They were starved and abused both physically and emotionally.

Malawi’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Recommendations for children
May 2015 - Malawi’s performance on human rights has been reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is a peer review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, examining the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.

Photo release: UNICEF launches national advocacy campaign with Airtel Malawi and Netball Association of Malawi
1 April 2015 - UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Agency, today announced the roll out of a national advocacy campaign with Airtel and NAM (Netball Association of Malawi) to protect and promote the rights of adolescent girls in Malawi.

News note: Cholera outbreak in Malawi raises concerns of a large-scale spread: UNICEF
26 February 2015 – UNICEF Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in the southern border areas, where the still highly populated camps for those displaced by the floods are located.

Newsnote: UNICEF emergency supplies distributed to flood affected communities
26 January 2015 - After the arrival of 100 tons of emergency goods by road and air, UNICEF has continued distributing life-saving supplies to those affected by Malawi’s floods.

UNICEF relief supplies for Malawi flood victims land at KIA Lilongwe
21 January 2015. A Charter plane loaded with critical emergency supplies landed today at Kamuzu International Airport, Malawi. The contribution is at the core of UNICEF’s commitment to assist vulnerable communities devastated by the floods.

Newsnote: UNICEF steps up relief efforts for Malawi flood victims as rains continue
19 January 2015 – As heavy rains continue to fall in Malawi, UNICEF is stepping up its relief efforts, airlifting an initial 90 tons of supplies, as it seeks to reach those most in need.

OP-ED: Deadline for the MDGs: Progress for children
9 January 2015 - Op-ed by Mr. Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF Country Representative for Malawi on the upcoming deadline for the Millenium Development Goals.

Keeping Girls in School: New WASH facilities for a brighter future
10 December 2014 – UNICEF and DFID joined Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Vincent Winstone Ghambi, in officially handing over the child-friendly, inclusive toilet blocks of Dwasulu Community Day Secondary School.

Action for adolescents at the National Youth Interface Forum in Lilongwe
4 December 2014 – The launch of the National Interface Forum on Youth and Adolescents today was a call for action to respond to the needs of adolescents in Malawi.

UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted since 2005
1 December 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today on World AIDS Day.

World Aids Day: AIDS-free generation starts with children
1 December 2014 – On this World Aids Day, people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV. Malawi is leading in this fight, and has already achieved a sharp decline of 67 % less new HIV infections between 2009 and 2013.

Young innovators reimagine the future at TEDxLilongwe
21 November 2014 – Some of Malawi’s most inspiring speakers gathered last weekend for the second edition of TEDxLilongwe, with support from UNICEF Malawi, as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children speak out against abuse at Day of Prayer and Action for Child Protection
20 November 2014 – On the National Day of Prayer and Action for Child Protection, representatives from different faith groups, children’s NGOs and government came together to pledge action on violence against children.

UNICEF Malawi Representative at the 10th Anniversary of Schools for Africa
19 November 2014 –UNICEF Malawi Representative Mahimbo Mdoe joined the German National Committee for UNICEF to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Schools for Africa Initiative, which aims to support UNICEF education programmes in 13 African countries.

UNICEF Regional Director visits first Open Defecation Free area in Malawi
15 October 2014 - Today marks Global Handwashing Day. In Malawi, this day was celebrated with a visit of UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms. Leila Pakkala.

UNICEF and the Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association Launch Child Protection Programme
4 October 2014 - UNICEF in partnership with the Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association officially launched today a child protection programme within the faith community under the theme: “Practice your faith, Protect Children”.

Reduction of neonatal mortality
16 September 2014 - Despite Malawi’s strong progress in child survival, the reduction of neonatal mortality hasn’t followed at the same pace: under 5 mortality has been reduced by 70% over 22 years, compared to a 50% reduction for neonatal mortality.

Reduction of child mortality
16 September 2014 - Globally, major progress has been made in improving child survival. The under-five mortality rate has declined by almost half since 1990. However, this progress is insufficient to meet MDG 4.

UNICEF announces partnership for girls with Airtel Malawi and Netball Association of Malawi
10 September 2014 - UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Agency, today announced two new partnerships – with Airtel and NAM (Netball Association of Malawi) to protect and promote the rights of adolescent girls in Malawi.

New Malawi and global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’.

African Leaders Forum on Disability: “Disability is not inability”
February 2014 - Despite the looming grey sky overhead, the crowds gathered excitedly for a football match in Civo stadium, Lilongwe’s main stadium on a Sunday afternoon in February.



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