A Non-governmental Organisation Multi Consult Africa says the country will continue losing its trees to charcoal unless the producing communities are economically empowered.
Deputy minister of transport, Nancy Mdooko, says she is impressed with construction of a railway bridge at Shire North in Balaka which has been completed and is now operational.
Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Justice Chifundo Kachale has challenged all MEC officials working in the forthcoming by-elections to execute their tasks professionally for the electoral body to maintain praises it received from both local and international elections stakeholders after the Fresh Presidential Elections.
Malawi Scotland Partnership in conjunction with Tikambe Youth organization in Mwanza district has planted 1, 000 in the area of Senior chief Nthache where its forest, Thambani, has been depleted.
As the Tonse administration ponders on the establishment of a Diplomatic Academy, governance expert Victor Chipofya has tipped capitol hill to just introduce a standalone diplomatic course at an already existing institution of higher learning than starting from scratch which he says is costly and time-consuming.
Forum for Social and Economic Development of Mangochi (FOSEMA) on Thursday made its contribution towards the fight against Covid-19 by donating different medical supplies worth about K2.4 million to Mangochi District Hospital.
Health officials in Lower Shire have singled out poor usage of mosquito nets as a major factor fueling Malaria cases as statistics indicate that 14 children died of severe malaria and pneumonia in Nsanje in January, 2021 alone.
An international health promotion organization working in Neno district, Partners in Health, has graduated four hundred and ten adolescents in Gender, HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) in a bid to be agents of change as they grow.
P.I.H Adolescents and Women Health Program Specialist Jimmy Harare told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that a lot of youths are lacking skills on how to protect themselves from harmful practices hence introducing the initiative in all Neno district health centres.
"We noted a sharp rise in cases of child marriages, teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among the adolescents and this was being attributed to knowledge gap on available prevention measures," said Jimmy.
Harare further said P.I.H with funding from Global Affairs of Canada (GAC) introduced the SkillsBLA ( Bwala Lachinyamata) which is to run for five years in all health centers of Neno district where coaches will be trained to lecture adolescents on how their bodies respond to the environment as they grow.
"The coaches are there to take the adolescents who are between the age bracket of ten to fourteen, through a curriculum of gender, HIV and AIDS and Reproductive health for four months, this curriculum is designed to help the Adolescents have knowledge of their bodies," he said.
One of the adolescent Phonex Chakwamba said the training has helped him gain self-esteem withing the four months he has been with his fellow adolescents.
"Am now able to know how to respond to harmful practices which my fellow adolescents would want to drag me into, we are using both verbal and nonverbal rejection methods, they are working", he said.
Neno District Youth Officer Hope Mwafulirwa who graced the graduation ceremony urged the adolescents to take the skills learnt into practice saying school closure due to Covid-19 may result in temptations to the youths to start indulging in premarital sexual affairs.
An American citizen has bailed out communities in the area of Inkosi Mmbelwa by pumping in K38 million in the renovation of Kamteteka health center which was in a dilapidated state.
The American Linda Ward has also constructed toilets to improve sanitation at the facility which serves a population of 25000 people.
Ward also plans to construct a maternity wing and an elementary school at the health institution.
"I wanted to come in and help after I noted challenges the communities here were facing, the institution was dilapidated, had no steady water supply and the toilets were not all that good," said Ward.
"Now I will also construct a maternity wing to ensure that women are delivering in a conducive environment."
Mmbelwa district council district commissioner Emmanuel Bambe commended the action taken by the American saying her assistance has helped in giving the facility a new face.
"We are grateful with what Ward has done especially her interest to construct a maternity wing here you know as a district we are struggling with maternal-related deaths so the building of the maternity wing will help in reducing such deaths," said Bambe.
Bambe also commended Nkhondopera building construction for doing a good job, unlike other contractors who do substandard work when entrusted with such projects.
"We urge other contractors to emulate the work done by the contractor Nkhondopera building construction many times we see sub-standard works by some contractors but this is outstanding," said Bambe.
Weighing in on the Group Village headman Kamteteka Hara said the facility had no steady water supply and was an eyesore as it had been worn out and dilapidated.
" This health center serves a lot of people but it was not in good shape, we had no water here, the houses and other structures were dilapidated even the toilets were a health hazard but now with the help of Linda it now looks new," said GVH Kamteteka Hara.