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Out of two thousand four hundred and seventy-five people screened in Dedza recently, two thousand and ninety-nine have been diagnosed with scabies, a development that is of increasing concern to health authorities in the district.

Malawians living on the border with Mozambique around Makanjira in Mangochi say they are now paying to access their gardens after some of their land was declared foreign following border reaffirmation exercise.

First lady, Monica Chakwera, has requested the religious in Malawi to remember to pray for the first couple always.

A research organization, Women in Infectious Diseases and Health Research Network in Malawi, WIDREM says enhancing capacity building and mentorship programs is crucial in developing the career of female scientists in the country.

The Malawi Human Rights Commission says will proceed with investigations into allegations that a teacher sexually abused a female student at Kalibu Academy in Blantyre.

Executive Director of Foundation for Children’s Rights, Jenipher Mkandawire, has stressed on the need for the inclusion of street children in decisions touching on their lives saying that is the only way society will find permanent solutions to challenges that are being faced in Malawi now.

At least 72 teachers drawn from various Community Day Secondary Schools across the country are undergoing a four weeks Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course at Mzuzu University (MZUNI) delivered through Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL).

Today, I have decided to reveal a secret that I have kept in the inner chamber of my heart for seven years. Initially, this secret haunted me day and night.

Sad News! For every 100,000 women who are pregnant, 349 end up dying due to pregnancy-related causes. Some die due to infections, and others due to bleeding when giving birth or soon after giving birth. Some die due to obstructed labour, yet others pass away as they attempt to terminate their unintended pregnancies.

The talk around maternal mortality or maternal deaths is about women and girls who die due to pregnancy-related causes. In Malawi, for every 100,000 live births, the country registers 349 deaths of women. Malawi registers over 800,000 pregnancies every year, and this means 7 or 8 women die every day because of pregnancy-related causes.
How can deaths from unsafe abortions be reduced?

SOLUTIONS

  • Enactment of Termination of Pregnancy Bill drafted by Law Commission so that women and girls should access safe abortion services in health facilities.
  • Provision of family planning services (contraceptives).

Big Question
With draconian abortion law and low contraceptive uptake contributing significantly to deaths caused by unsafe abortions, what interventions should be implemented to reduce maternal mortality?

CAUSE: Haemorrage
SOLUTIONS:

  • Deliveries at health facilities
  • Ban of traditional both attendants


CAUSE: Infections
SOLUTIONS:

  • Provision of medications that enable women deliver without problems including ARVS that enable HIV + women deliver HIV-free babies


CAUSE: Eclampsia & Obstructed Labour
SOLUTIONS:

  • Policy implementation that all women should deliver in health facilities
  • Laws enactment that stipulate that only those aged over 18 and above should get married


CAUSE: Unsafe abortions
SOLUTIONS:

  • Enactment of new abortion law
  • Provision of family planning (contraceptives)

 

Sad News! For every 100,000 women who are pregnant, 349 end up dying due to pregnancy-related causes. Some die due to infections, and others due to bleeding when giving birth or soon after giving birth. Some die due to obstructed labour, yet others pass away as they attempt to terminate their unintended pregnancies.

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