Chrispine Msiska

Chrispine Msiska

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda says Malawi has made great progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS as the country launched the five year T = T campaign Tizilombo tochepa (ya HIV) = Thazi (labwino) under the theme "we remember, we take action, we live beyond HIV" at Mmanga primary school ground in Balaka district.

The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) has encouraged smallholder farmers in Balaka to engage in different value chains such as soy beans, groundnuts, sorghum, cotton besides pigeon peas to be food secure.

The ministry of local government says it has advanced talks with mobile phone service providers Airtel and TNM to bankroll chiefs’ honoraria payments through Airtel money and TNM Mpamba in order to ease burden they face with bank payment system.

Smallholder farmers specialized in livestock and vegetable winter cropping like cabbages, onions, and tomatoes have appealed to government and other stakeholders to help negotiate good prices for their produce.

The community of Sant'Egidio through its health organisation DREAM Program has embarked on a K350 million plus HIV/AIDS and TB project called Bridge the Gap in districts of Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi.

Ministry of National Unity has intensified campaigns against corruption through citizen engagement (pabwalo) on integrity and moral education with communities in the districts.

Tipindule Village Bank which started in 2010 with only 20 women has gifted themselves with K27 million within a period of six months.

Youths and women in Senior Chief Chanthunya in Balaka district have attributed their success in cotton farming to study circle approach that is addressing several issues in access to cotton seed and income through diversifying into goat production among others.

Community Energy Malawi (CEM) through its Rural energy access - through social transformation Enterprise and decentralization (EASE) project conducted an awareness campaign in partnership with Malawi Regulatory Authority (MERA) and Malawi Bureau of Standards in Sub Traditional Authority Chakanza in Balaka District to raise awareness on standards of renewable energy technologies in Malawi.

Balaka district leprosy officer George Anafi has told Zodiak that there is need for an aggressive surveillance system in place to detect leprosy cases following 16 new cases that have resurfaced in the district but was quick to applaud the integration of leprosy and Tuberculosis as an exciting news since leprosy drastically scaled down after funding was halted in 1994.

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