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Feed the Children in Food and Nutrition Project

Feed the Children has intensified efforts aimed at eradicating malnutrition and stunting among children in some parts of Mzimba, Rumphi, and Salima districts.
Feed the Children National Coordinator Taonga Mhango said improved nutrition is key to ensuring that children grow to their full potential as they perform better in their academic endeavors.
Mhango said the organization is cascading messages of food and nutrition through care groups that drill communities on the preparation of nutritious food for their communities.
"We have been working in Mzimba for about 10 years now with a focus to ensuring that households are able to prepare balanced nutritious food for their families which has an impact on the growth of children", said Mhango.
However, Mhango echoed other nutrition-focused organizations' sentiments in advocating for increased funding towards nutrition interventions in the country.
" We actually want an increased funding for nutrition-related interventions so that we reach out to more people if we are to have a healthy nation",said Mhango.
Apart from the food and nutrition project which in Mzimba is being implemented in the area of Inkosi Mzikubola and Sub chief Chiputula Mndhlane, the organization is also promoting water and sanitation hygiene among communities.
Among others, households are being encouraged to have basic pit latrines equipped with handwashing gadgets.
" We are complementing our food and nutrition project with interventions in WASH where among others we are promoting behavior change and encouraging the construction of basic toilets in communities where we are working",said Mhango.
Speaking during a food and nutrition open day at Tupwenge in the area of Sub Chief Chiputula Mndhlane, a  Nutrition officer from the Mmbelwa district council Gift Simkonda hailed the food and nutrition project being implemented by Feed the Children saying its complimenting the council's efforts in ending malnutrition and stunting in the district.
Simkonda said stunting levels are currently hovering around 39% in the district hence the need for interventions that can change the trends and improve the nutrition of many households.
"We as the council commend the interventions in nutrition being implemented by Feed the children which is one of the organizations doing a lot in the sector," said Simkonda.
In his remarks Sub Chief Chiputula Mndhlane said since the inception of the food and nutrition project his area has seen a decline in malnutrition-related illnesses.
Feed the Children is also implementing village savings and loans interventions in their catchment areas to empower communities economically hence improving their livelihoods.
The interventions being implemented by Feed the Children in the districts of Mzimba, Rumphi and Salima are being funded through children sponsorship.

Lisap To Construct 17 ECD Centers In Rumphi

The Livingstonia Synod Aids Program - LISAP has disclosed that it will invest K60 million in the construction of 17 Early Childhood Development Centers in the area of traditional authority Mwahenga in Rumphi to allow children there to attend early education.

 LISAP Executive Director Jonathan Vumu says they have decided to embark on early childhood education in the area because there has never been any center offering such services to children before.

 ``If these children start primary school education this January, teachers will not have problems teaching them because the students will have knowledge on some of the things that happen at the school",  Says Vumu.

 He explained that the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia would like to improve the country’s education system by ensuring that almost all children have access to quality education.

 So far, LISAP with financial support from UK-based Comic relief through Help a Child, has already constructed six Early Childhood Development Centers in the area.

 Rumphi District Social Welfare Officer Zindaba Lungu hailed efforts by Lisap saying this will ensure that more children will now attend education in the district.

 Said Lungu: ``This only shows that LISAP is a true partner for development. Government is happy with this development"

Meanwhile, first group of more than 150 learners has graduated from ECD's and are set to start primary school education this coming December.

 There are about 341 Early Childhood Development Centers in Rumphi.

NGO Board, CONGOMA Shelves Operations of CSOs in Mzimba

The NGO Board and Council for Non-Governmental organizations in Malawi have ordered the Mzimba Civil Society Organizations Network to immediately stop working in the district accusing it of being in disrepute with the M'Mbelwa district council.

NGO Worried with Number of Men Shunning Family Planning Methods

A survey by the White Ribbon Alliance Malawi has revealed that only 2 percent of the men population in the country are accessing modern family planning methods saying this may have negative effects on population growth in the country.

Mzuzu Residents Happy with Extra Constituencies

Some people in Mzuzu have expressed satisfaction with the Malawi Electoral Commission’s - MEC decision to add two more constituencies in the city.

K30bn Nthola-Ilola Irrigation Scheme Construction Starts Next month

Construction of the much-awaited Nthola-Ilola rice irrigation scheme in Karonga is to commence next month after government finalized the production of project designs and tendering for the supply of rice milling plant.

CFSC Calls on Citizens to Track Use of Public Finances

The Center For Social Concern says failure by citizens to demand transparency and accountability in the use of public finances is a major setback contributing to rising corruption in the country and a widening gap among the poor and the rich.

No Medical Drugs For Non-Communicable Diseases In Mzimba North

Authorities at the Ekwendeni Mission Hospital in Mzimba say lack of drugs for non-communicable diseases at the Central Medical stores has partially affected the delivery of proper health care in its catchment area and as a result, most patients are being sent back without receiving proper treatment.

Mzuni Vice Chancellor To Walk For His 125 Needy Students

At least one hundred and twenty-five students are on the verge of withdrawing while sixty-eight have been removed from Mzuzu University this school academic alone due to financial woes like school fees.

NICO Life To Settle K3 Billion Death Claims By This December

NICO Group of Companies says it estimates that by December this year its subsidiary company NICO Life will have paid off in excess of  K3 billion from K800million, last year to its life insurers.

Group Managing Director, Vizenge Kumwenda has attributed the increase to a number of deaths due to the covid 19 pandemic.

Kumwenda disclosed this when the company celebrated its 50 years Anniversary in Mzuzu.

``Although most people are hesitant to be under any insurance policy, the company will keep providing awareness on the need of a life insurance cover so that insurers relations have a backup plan in case death strikes,” says Kumwenda.

It is reported that as of August this year, NICO life has paid off K1.8 billion from death claims and that by December this year the company estimates that it will pay out K3 billion.

Said Kumwenda: ``The uptake of insurance, in general, is very low in the country. I think it’s below 3% of GDP which is very low. But I must also mention that perhaps it’s not just insurance but general financial services, the uptake is not where we would want to be’

Saint John of God Hospital services Director, Dr. Charles Masulani Mwale has applauded NICO group for reaching put to people in times of need citing the Covid-19 insurance companies in the country, especially in a time when most people have been affected by the coronavirus and could use help from insurance companies.

`‘The awareness that they are giving is quite good. For example, our institution has most of our property like vehicles insured with them. But apart from that, they are providing financial literacy inputs to our members of staff” says Mwale.

NICO Group of companies was founded in 1971 and this year marks 50 years of its existence where it has managed to grow and set subsidiary companies such as NICO GENERAL, Nico life, Nico Assets, NBS bank just to mention a few.

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