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Chikondi Mphande

Chikondi Mphande

Betrayal is a painful - but more painful when it comes from your own family; from the people you trust the most. 

This is exactly what is happening in country's border districts like Dedza where parents who are supposed to be on forefront in giving protection are betraying their own children by giving them away to strangers in exchange with money. 

Since 2018, parents in Dedza have been forcing their own children to quit school, and sending them to Mozambique to work in farms as slaves but no action is being taken by authorities to end this until now. 

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the dangerous diseases in Malawi that kills many people, especially when one delays to start treatment. However, you cannot start treatment without knowing the results of your test. The longer it takes to get the results, the longer it takes for one start treatment.

For years, patients, particularly, those living in remote areas have been struggling to get TB results in good time due to long distances to hospital.

To address the challenge, an TB eHealth System was introduced in Malawi to improve care and support for TB patients.

In this analysis, Chikondi Mphande explores the profound impact of cyberbullying on women and girls in Malawi, delving into the psychological, emotional and physical toll it exerts.

Chikondi is focusing on a 25-year-old woman whose intimate photos were maliciously shared online and to her father by a man who was then her boyfriend, leading to profound humiliation.

Hospitals are expected to be places where one gets treatment. But behind the hospital curtains in the treatment and consultation rooms, there is a harsh reality of sexual abuse.

In this analysis, Chikondi Mphande tells the story of an expectant 15-year-old girl who was defiled during delivery by a midwife technician.

"Some of our conditions include an order for the organisers to deploy no less than 40 marshals and avoid noise pollution at the government offices.

Malawi’s population is about 20 million. Most of these people live in rural areas, and 97 percent of them are farmers that grow maize.

Malawi was among 189 countries that adopted Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 but the country managed to achieve only four of the eight goals by 2015 due to several challenges.

In 2015, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the UN as a successor to the MDGs, with a deadline of 2030.

Our reporter Chikondi Mphande focuses on some key issues that prevented Malawi from achieving MDG 2 on Universal Primary Education and MDG 1 on Hunger and Poverty Reduction, and how these might also affect the country's efforts to achieve the SDGs if no serious action is taken.

Chikondi uncovers a new form of slavery where some Malawian parents are giving away their children to herd animals and work in crop fields in Mozambique instead of going to school.

In this investigation, Chikondi encounters some children with sad stories of how they suffer ill-treatment and how they had to foot long distances returning home after slavery experiences in a foreign land.

Often times in this country, victims of sexual abuse, usually girls and women, are cyberbullied and verbally shamed by the public which tends to protect perpetrators of sexual abuse.

In this analysis, Chikondi finds that there is a heavy price for one to pay for speaking out after being sexually abused, a tendency where a victim is shamed, blamed and doubted.

Chikondi highlights the story of Chisomo, a 16-year-old girl from Dedza, who was forced to abort three pregnancies after being defiled several times and being impregnated by her guardian.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that the tuberculosis (TB) treatment rate in countries around the world must be at 90 percent, and several countries including Malawi are working hard to achieve this.

If the statistics are anything to go by, Malawi is on the right track in the fight against TB as the treatment success rate in the country is at 90 percent.

This success has not been easy to come, according to Programmes Manager for the National TB and Leprosy Elimination Programme Dr James Mpunga. So how is Malawi making strides in the battle against one of the most difficult diseases?

As Chikondi Mphande has been finding out, it remains a laborious battle – a mixed bag.

Twenty-five-year-old Blessings Crazer says 'never say never' when challenges strike.

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