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In Malawi, local chief leads effort to end child marriage in community
MACHINGA, Malawi, 18 April 2018 – It’s a hot and sunny afternoon when Chief Kapoloma visits the home of teenage Fatima and her mother in Aisa village, Malawi. He strides across the baked earth of a dried-out river bed, wearing a traditional robe and circular hat over a shirt and trousers. The area is predominantly Muslim and there is a small brick mosque among the houses, adorned with a white star and crescent on the minaret. A cockerel calls out from a straw enclosure behind one of the mud brick houses.

Solar power keeps the water flowing in Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 24 January 2018 – It’s early morning at Namera Primary School, located in the countryside outside Malawi’s second city of Blantyre. Thirteen-year-old Lucy Chalire emerges from a classroom in her blue and yellow school uniform, smiling broadly after completing her end-of-year maths exam. Lucy attends school every day and is third in her class, but it wasn’t always this way.

Africa's first humanitarian drone corridor launched in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 23 August 2017 – As the drone buzzed over Thipa village in rural Malawi, young and old people alike applauded in amazement. The community demonstration came as the Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use.

Meet a health surveillance assistant with a heart to serve in Malawi
CHANTHUNTHU, Malawi, 27 June 2017 – Nearly a decade ago, health surveillance assistant Noah Chipeta arrived at his new posting in Chanthunthu, situated in Malawi’s Kasungu District. He didn’t think he would be staying long. The small community of 11 villages is isolated – wedged between two rivers, which during the rainy season can cut off the entire area from the outside world.

Malawi hunger crisis forces teenage girls to sell sex
MANGOCHI, Malawi, 21 April 2017 – It is the start of the rainy season on the shores of Lake Malawi, and the landscape is now a lush green. Streams and rivers flow where before there were dry, dusty river beds. Fields of maize, as tall in places as the mud huts of farmers, tower over the children who run past them.

In Malawi, asking “What does water mean to you?”
LILONGWE, Malawi, 1 May 2015 – Kwanje village, in the heart of Malawi’s Mchinji district, has a population of 390 people, most of them children. The main attraction in the village is the new water point, constructed last November. It is where women converge to share stories, and where children sneak in moments of play between helping each other lift full buckets of water on their heads.

In flood affected Malawi, trying to continue learning
NSANJE, Malawi 9 February 2015 – When headmaster Larry Nkhani responded to a call from Nsanje district to empty a classroom to make space for people displaced by floods, little did he know that his First Bangula Primary School would soon turn into Bangula Camp, hosting more than 6,700 people. His 2,500-plus pupils are now at home, and their classrooms now sheltering some of the 230,000 people displaced by the recent floods in southern Malawi.

In Malawi, ramping up health and nutrition support for flooding’s youngest victims
CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 29 January 2015 – It’s a new day at Tizola Green Bank Camp. Those who managed to find a comfortable place to sleep have woken up hungry after another night. As children are particularly affected by the lack of food, the District Health Office organizes an under-5 clinic in the camp every morning.

In the misery of Malawi’s floods, finding a way forward
CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 23 January 2015 – When disasters strike, governments and aid organizations rush in to provide emergency relief by the best available route. Shelter materials and life-saving supplies are brought in by truck or helicopter; essential medicines are biked or boated to those in need; and temporary classrooms are put up where there is shade and safe space. 

Malawi’s Option B+ programme is helping to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV
KASUNGU, Malawi, 27 November 2013 – To see the promise of an AIDS-free generation drawing closer, look no further than Lexina Lungu. When we last left the Lungus, she was 36 weeks pregnant and attending her regular antenatal check-up. She had earlier learned that she was HIV-positive, as was her husband. The couple were expecting a baby girl.

Members of UNICEF’s Executive Board look at the impact of the organization's work in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 2 May 2013 – A six-person delegation from UNICEF’s Executive Board visited Malawi from 8 to 12 April, led by His Excellency Wilfried Emvula, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Namibia. The purpose of the visit was to enable Executive Board members to gain a deeper understanding of the country context, as well as an overview of UNICEF’s partners and programmes.

The next generation of Malawi's children stay HIV free with Option B+
KASUNGO, Malawi, 20 May 2013 – On a rainy afternoon in a village on the outskirts of Kasungu, 130 km north of the capital, Lilongwe, Lexina Lungu settles sidesaddle on the thinly cushioned seat on the back of a bicycle taxi.

In Malawi, centres care for child victims of rape
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 28 February 2013 – Chifundo* is a slip of a girl, barely 10 years old. The girl is downcast, looking intently at the floor. She says good morning when we pass, but the trauma she has suffered is unmistakable in her demeanour. Chifundo was raped.

In Malawi, compulsory universal birth registration protects children from abuses and opens access to social services
LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 October 2012 - Newborn Joshou Nandola is bundled warmly in a big woolly blanket. Joshou’s name is written on his birth report. Joshou will know his birthday.

Outreach programme in Malawi brings healthcare closer to communities
CHIKHWAWA, Malawi, 13 September 2012 - Simplicious Gift, 5 months old, has a cough, fever and diarrhoea. Ruth Bwanakaya discusses his illness with his mother Margaret, and meticulously notes down details about the child in the health register – his name, age, village and symptoms. As a matter of routine, she checks the child for signs of malnutrition and proceeds to prescribe anti-malaria medication, paracetamol, oral rehydration salts, and zinc for the diarrhoea.

UNICEF and partner awarded for Programme Mwana, programme using SMS messages to deliver HIV test results
NEW YORK, USA, 19 July 2012 – A leading US design organization has honored UNICEF and frog, a partner organization, with awards for an innovative programme that speeds the delivery of HIV information and reminds patients about clinic appointments.

In Malawi, Health Surveillance Assistants provide a life-saving link between communities and the health care system
CHIMPHANGA VILLAGE, Malawi, 11 June 2012 –Blessings Makono has been up since 8 a.m. conducting a ‘village clinic’ outside his house. Ten women are seated on the dusty floor, their babies tightly wrapped on their backs with the traditional chitenje cloth.

In Malawi, the launch of universal birth registration guarantees protections for children
LILONGWE, Malawi, 30 March 2012 – This week, Malawi celebrates the start of a universal and compulsory birth registration process.

Children swap floors for desks at Malawi school with MSNBC-US Fund for UNICEF support
NEW YORK, 16 March 2011 - Chimwala primary school in Lilongwe, central Malawi, serves 3,000 students in multiple shifts. For years, a severe shortage of classrooms and school furniture meant they studied in discomfort – on dirt floors or even on the ground outside under shade trees.

UNICEF Executive Director spotlights Malawi's social cash-transfer programme
MCHINJI, Malawi, 28 October 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake recently concluded a two-day visit to Malawi, where he highlighted a cash-transfer programme as an innovative way to help the poorest households – while simultaneously increasing school attendance – in order to end the cycle of poverty for future generations.

Early childhood education centres make strides in Malawi
CHITETA, Malawi, 4 October 2010 – Every weekday morning, Leviticus, 5, wakes his mother early. He is eager to get to the community-based childcare centre, a red brick building in eastern Malawi’s Chiteta village and a 2 km walk from Leviticus’ home.

In Malawi, young people play role in achieving Millennium Development Goal on HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2010 – Combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases is the sixth United Nations Millennium Development Goal, and promoting gender equality and girls’ empowerment is the third MDG target. Internationally, girls and young women are especially vulnerable to HIV infection, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV are young women.

Cash transfer programme helps the poorest families in Malawi survive
MCHINJE DISTRICT, Malawi, 7 September 2010 - For two years, Rozina Chimbalani has struggled to feed, clothe and school the four grandchildren left in her care after her daughter died. Across Malawi, this has been a painfully common story, as for more than two decades HIV has shattered families and left more than a million children orphaned.

Rapid short message service speeds health data collection and feedback in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 05 January 2010 - The short message service (SMS) is proving to be a great ally in Malawi’s battle to contain malnutrition and improve the lives of the country’s children.

Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.

Early infant HIV diagnosis helps save lives in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 1 December 2008 – With a prick in the heel of her tiny foot, six-week-old Daudi is the having a test to see if she, like her mother, is living with the HIV virus.

Support for malnourished children begins at home in Malawi
CHIWAMBA, Malawi, 21 October 2008 – Anna Jumbe did not understand why her 14-month-old baby was always sick. Disillusioned with treatments she had administered, none of which worked, she decided to walk 10 km to Chiwamba Health Centre, where her baby Brenda was diagnosed with acute malnutrition and admitted into the Nutrition Rehabilitation Programme.

Giving birth to a healthy baby while living with HIV in Malawi
KASUNGU, Malawi, 15 October 2008 – Alice Chipeni looks forward to her young baby being tested for HIV. The thought is enough to fill many minds with dread, but for Alice, it is one more step in a long journey that began in 2004.

Early childhood centres help children affected by HIV in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 8 October 2008 – The nondescript building could pass for any other, except on Saturday mornings, when it is transformed into a beehive of activity by children. They sing ‘Let Us Be Glad and Dance’, their voices reaching a delightful crescendo, their joy a world away from the sorrow that defines many of their lives.

Schools for Africa Initiative backs new school block to change lives of pupils in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 6 October 2008 – From a distance, Miteme Junior Primary School looks like a marketplace with vendors in school uniform. On close inspection, one realizes this is a school without a single classroom. Classes one to five are all held under trees; only class five has desks.

Education offers hope to a young man in the working world of Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 1 October 2008 – His is a perfect picture of adversity, tenacity and hope – a sensational, if not disheartening, drama whose final chapter, one prays, will end in glory.

Malawi launches ‘Letter to the Community’ initiative to promote child survival
LILONGWE, Malawi, 25 September 2008  For the first time in Malawi’s history, 25,000 communities will soon receive personalized letters from the Minister of Health and other national leaders. The letters contain messages promoting child survival and development.

Improved sanitation keeps more girls in school in Malawi
DOWA, Malawi, 11 September 2008 – Eveless Mayenje purposefully walks to school knowing that she only has two terms before she goes to secondary school. At 18, she is much older than most of her classmates in standard 8. This does not in any way daunt her as she is focused on staying in school to be sure that she becomes a nurse.

One woman’s fight to ensure justice for child victims of abuse in Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 27 August 2008 - Malawi’s justice system, like those in many other African nations, was designed to punish offenders, not to protect the victims. When the victims are children, a lack of protection can have distressing, if not catastrophic, results.

New classrooms create a renewed enthusiasm for school in Malawi
MULANJE, Malawi, 21 August 2008  Thembe Primary School has seen better days. Nestled at the foot of Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi, the school was built in 1957, before the country gained independence.

Campaign aims to promote hand-washing and save young lives in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 15 August 2008 – A new campaign to promote hand-washing with soap is under way in Malawi. Using a cheerful animated character, called ‘SOPO’, the campaign has caught the imagination of children across the country.

Malawi’s Youth Parliament convenes in run-up to Day of the African Child
LILONGWE, Malawi, 16 June 2008 – Arguments and debates echoed through the vast red brick hall here last week. Parliament was in session.

Support reaches a household of five siblings orphaned by AIDS in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 30 April May 2008 – At just 13 years of age, Tiyamike was already a veteran caregiver responsible for looking after four younger siblings. Tiyamike’s father had died the year before, due to complications from AIDS, and soon after, when his HIV-infected mother took ill, Tiyamike left school and started working.

UNICEF-supported programmes bring improved learning facilities to Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 3 April 2008  Blessings Molles, a 12-year-old student at the Thembe School, tells a story that is all too familiar in Malawi. When he was eight, his father died, leaving his mother to care for her six children.

Preventing mother-to-child transmission to fight HIV/AIDS in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 25 March 2008 – Mwanza District Hospital, located near the southern border of Malawi, provides crucial care to many of the country’s most vulnerable families. Among them were two young couples who recently arrived at the hospital days apart with different stories but similar needs. 

Schools for Africa: Portrait of a role model for girls and women in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 11 March 2008 – Zile Shumba is the Executive Director of CKK Building and Civil Contractors, a company hired by UNICEF Malawi to build new classrooms as part of the Schools for Africa initiative.

Community programmes help support impoverished child-headed households
LILONGWE, Malawi, 4 March 2008 – Many children in Malawi, some as young as 13, are the head of their households after their parents die or abandon them. They face enormous responsibilities, not only for themselves, but for their siblings as well.

Life-skills education for girls helps end the cycle of abuse in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 22 February 2008 – At the age of 14, Catherine accidentally became pregnant, so she dropped out of school and married the father. From that moment on, the young mother’s life was filled with emotional and physical abuse.

Cash transfer programme in Malawi changes the lives of families in extreme poverty
MCHINJI DISTRICT, Malawi, 14 January 2007 – Over the last 10 years, Blackson Kalinde and his wife Sara have lost three of their children and their children’s spouses to AIDS, leaving 20 of their grandchildren orphaned. The elderly couple soon became the primary caregivers for four of their grandchildren.

Stop Child Abuse campaign asks for change at a policy level
LILONGWE, Malawi, 20 September 2007 – Many children in Malawi continue to be exploited and abused by the very people who should be protecting them. One year ago, 15-year-old Mary (not her real name) lost both her parents to HIV-related illnesses. She was taken in by an uncle who promised to care for her, but instead was turned into a servant and asked to work on her uncle's farm.

Jane’s Digital Diary: Malawian girls’ rights on the line
NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2007 – Jane Kachitenji is passionate about girls’ rights – to education, safety and the same opportunities as boys. She’s an active participant in the Kaufulu Girls Foundation, a girls’ club in her home community of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.

After floods, UNICEF helps children get back to school in southern Malawi
NSANJE, Malawi, 22 January 2007 – More than 1,000 children in southern Malawi are heading back to school – albeit a week late – in the aftermath of flash floods and heavy rains that devastated the area earlier this month.

UK Members of Parliament and Chaka Chaka witness malaria control efforts
ADAMA, Ethiopia, 3 November 2006 – Two members of the British Parliament recently visited Malawi and Ethiopia to witness the countries’ malaria control efforts.

On Africa Malaria Day 2006, prevention and treatment go hand in hand
LILONGWE , Malawi, 24 April 2006 – Barely one year into her life, Chisomo Mavuwa has already been struck by malaria three times. But something different happened on her last visit to the local clinic. This time, besides getting treatment for Chisomo’s illness, her mother Christina was given a free insecticide-treated net designed to protect the child directly from the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor calls for urgent action for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi
LONDON, UK, 15 December, 2005 – Actor Ewan McGregor returned from Malawi this week following his first trip to the field as a UNICEF Ambassador. The five-day trip was an opportunity to see first hand how children are paying a disproportionately high price in the HIV/AIDS pandemic – and what still needs to be done to reach the thousands who are orphaned or living with HIV/AIDS.

Malawi: Poverty afflicts children orphaned by AIDS
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 2 November 2005 – In the shanty slums of Ndirande Township in Blantyre City, living conditions are hard. Brenda Phiri, 22, lives here. She lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS. This has plunged her family – now consisting only of herself and five other children –  into abject poverty.

LILONGWE CITY, Malawi, 25 October 2005 – “I find the launch very fitting and necessary to us as a nation because it places the child at the centre of our fight against AIDS,” said Minister of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services, Hon. Joyce Banda, at the Malawi launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS.

LILONGWE CITY, Malawi, 25 October 2005 – “I find the launch very fitting and necessary to us as a nation because it places the child at the centre of our fight against AIDS,” said Minister of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services, Hon. Joyce Banda, at the Malawi launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS.

Orphaned by AIDS, young girl struggles to care for her family
17 October 2005, ZOMBA, Malawi - In the African country of Malawi, nearly half a million children have been orphaned by AIDS, with one or both of their parents having died of the disease. Chisimo Banda is one of these orphans. Both of her parents died of AIDS, and now at age 17 she is the head of the household, looking after her two younger brothers and her own infant child.

Food crisis in Malawi compounded by HIV/AIDS
BLANTYRE, Malawi, 19 September 2005 – The last time 76-year-old Edna Ngosa ate a proper meal was five days ago. She sits listlessly outside her hut without even the energy to beg. She knows that if no assistance comes there is little prospect for survival.

Insecticide-treated nets save lives in Malawi’s fight against malaria
MWANZA, Malawi, 16 August 2005 – Malaria is a major killer of children in Malawi. But Magreta Makwemba sleeps soundly at night, knowing her family is safe – thanks to the use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs).

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi, 27 May 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is visiting a number of critical UNICEF-sponsored projects in Malawi as part of a three-country African tour, which included visits to Soweto, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Insecticide-treated nets help Malawi communities fight malaria
CHATOWA, Malawi, 22 April 2005 – The people of Chatowa know the dangers of malaria. It has killed many of their children and has left adults in the village too weak from fever to work or care for their families.




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