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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.

IRISH AID contributes K80 million to Malawi to combat malnutrition [PDF]
Lilongwe, 07 November 2008: Irish Aid announces a contribution of K80 million to the Government of Malawi, through UNICEF, in support of the Government’s efforts to eliminate micronutrient malnutrition.

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 Ms. Chipeni it is one more step in a long journey that began when she was diagnosed with HIV herself several years ago.

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.

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 their lives.

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.

Improved sanitation keeps more girls in school in Malawi
DOWA, Malawi, 11 September 2008 – Eveless Mayenje purposefully walks to class, 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 the eighth grade. This does not in any way daunt her, as she is focused on staying in school.

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.

Malawi commemorates Day of the African Child [PDF]
Lilongwe, 16th June: Malawi today joins the rest of Africa in commemorating the 17th Day of the African Child under the theme ‘Child Participation, Let Children be Heard and Seen.’

Health drive in Malawi targets 2 million children [PDF]
Lilongwe, 06 June: A major health campaign is underway in Malawi aiming to reach two million children with Vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets.

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 five 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 here, 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.

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. Her husband started beating her on a daily basis and sometimes would not give her any food to eat for two or three days.





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