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Health and Nutrition

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.

Saving children from malnutrition through sms
20 November 2014 - Beatrice Duncan brings her son Brian to Bereu Health Centre in Chikwawa district every four days. The one year old is suffering from severe acute malnutrition and needs regular check-ups and treatment.

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.

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.

Kangaroo mother care - Saving babies born too soon
13 September 2013 - There are no crying babies or cheering family members as you approach the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit (KMC) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre. This is, after all, no average newborn ward.

Mzambazi males shine by defying odds
August 2013 - They all jumped in happiness, danced, sang and above all lifted high the trophy they had just received. Drums and songs of triumph reverberated giving evidence that this was no ordinary ceremony. It was a ceremony to honour champions.

Reaching children through the Child Health Week
13 May 2011: For parents, especially mothers, the Child Health Week held in May was an important one. They abandoned their daily chores, strapped babies to their backs, and walked long distances to the health centres to have their young children immunized

Village clinics ease access to healthcare
March 23, 2011: A UNICEF vehicle gets stuck in mud at Kazuni about seven kilometres south of Mpherembe Health Centre in Mzimba district, which is northern part of Malawi. The vehicle, with UNICEF staff is on its way to a village clinic at Elunyeni...

I thought his illness was caused by witchcraft
13 May 2011: Chrissie Tsokalida has just walked more than 20 kilometres to Mitundu Health Centre with her two year-old son Lameck tightly strapped to her back. She is clearly worn out but is not bothered, as long as what has been ailing her son...

Bringing medication to the door step
March 22, 2011: It is 5:30pm and darkness is starting to set in but Bydon Mughogho is not bothered. He continues to work, attending to one sick child after another.

Pain for a purpose
Rocking her baby, Maggie winces as the nurse pricks the heel of her six-month-old baby. The baby screams as the nurse firmly squeezes out drops of blood on to circles drawn on a special blotting paper.

The people's doctor
“Good day doctor”, say villagers with warm smiles as Blessing Mwareya trudges up a stony track, looking smart in his light blue uniform, in the southern Malawian district of Phalombe.

Treating severely malnourished children at home
Bertha Muwoma feared the worst for her two-year-old son Brian. He had been in and out of hospital and this latest episode threatened to take him back yet again.

A tale of two pregnancies and two different outcomes
The maternity ward at Mangochi District Hospital bursts at the seams as pregnant women occupy all the beds and others sleep on the floor, even in the hospital corridors. But Esther Makumba is neither expecting nor nursing a baby. Her baby died in the womb

Delivering PMTCT services in Malawi
Alice Chipeni looks forward to her young baby being tested for HIV. The thought is enough to fill many minds with dreadful expectation but for Alice, it is one more step in a long journey that began in 2004.

How one woman’s decision changed her life and her baby’s forever
Lonely Muyila was devastated when she learnt in 2005 that she was HIV positive. Despite several weeks of treatment, her husband’s cough had continued unabated and when his medical provider suggested an HIV test, he refused.

In the battle against malnutrition in Malawi, community outreach is making all the difference
Anna Jumbe did not understand why her 14 month-old baby was always sickly. Fed up with the various treatments she had administered, none of which worked, she decided to walk 10 kilometers to Chiwamba Health Center where her baby Brenda was diagnosed ...

Partners against HIV
Lilongwe, 25 October 2007 – Gaelle Sevenier

Increased prevention of mother-to-child HIV Transmission in Malawi
Blantyre , 20 October 2007 – Gaelle Sevenier.





Photo essay: Childhood malnutrtion

In recent years, Malawi has achieved tremendous strides in economic development. Despite the progress, pockets of food insecurity remain in some parts of the country. View this photo essay on how Malawi is coming to terms with childhood malnutrition.

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