Steve Kalungwe

Steve Kalungwe

Men Shun HIV Testing in Neno

It has been revealed that men are shunning HIV testing services in Neno district with more women turning up for the services.

Barely a day after the first grade magistrate court in Neno district sentenced a twenty eight year old man Innocent Phiri to eight and six years in jail for defilement and rape, a seventy year old man is also in the cooler for defiling his thirteen years old granddaughter.

With cases of defilement and rape increasing daily in the country and despite receiving wide condemnation from different quarters of the society, some men are continuing with the vice.

The Blantyre Synod of the CCAP Church has drilled teachers in Neno district in individualized education plan amid shortage of special needs teachers in the district where only six are available.

A 40 year old mother in Neno district has given birth to triplets at Neno district hospital and is looking for assistance as she says she can't manage to take care of them all as her husband is also in hospital with an amputated leg following a road accident in Mwanza.

In a bid to ensure that teen mothers are back to school after giving birth, a local non-governmental organization Community Action for Sustainable Development through Save the Children is interfacing with the teens, their mothers and guardians to appreciate challenges being faced and embark on a go back to school campaign through the Securing Child Rights Through Education and Protection (SCREP) project.

As cases of child abuse continue to take center stage in many circles of discussion in the country, it has been noted that some cases are going unnoticed due to lack of knowledge in reporting them.

Partners in Heath (PIH) through its POSER program has constructed four houses each at four million two hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha for the elderly in Neno district.

Scores of youths in the area of Senior Chief Dambe in Neno district took advantage of An Open Day for the youth organized by Partners in Heath to test for different diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

Teachers in Neno district who are invigilating the ongoing Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations have expressed concern over failure by the Neno District Education office to disburse their invigilation allowances saying this is affecting examination process especially in hard to reach areas.

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