Monday 21 August 2017
(The Maravi Post 06/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—Malawi government says it will carry out a national wide tuberculosis survey to determine the prevalence of TB in the country.The survey, expected to run from June 2013 to March 2014, will be jointly carried out by the ministry of health, Tuberculosis Control Programme and Social Research of the University of Malawi, according to Dr. Charles Mwansambo, ministry of health principal secretary. In a statement issued Monday, Mwansambo said the survey will target persons aged 15 and above and that the results will help in devising and implementation of relevance tuberculosis interventions as well as assess the country’s progress in the fight against TB."The teams from the Ministry of Health and the Centre for Social Research will be visiting...
(The Maravi Post 06/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—Despite the anti-tobacco lobby being championed by the World Health Organization, Malawi government says tobacco will remain the country’s key and strategic crop for years to come. Agriculture and Food Security minister, Peter Mwanza spoke when he officially opened the 25th Annual Congress of the Tobacco Association of Malawi (Tama) in Lilongwe. He therefore assured farmers that government vigorously support and sustain the industry for the betterment of the country’s economy. Mwanza also bemoaned challenges include flaws in grower registration and the existence of unscrupulous associations that exploit farmers.Tobacco production is one of the country’s largest sources of income and Malawi was, at one point, the 12th largest producer of tobacco leaves and 7th largest global supporter of tobacco...
(Malawi News Agency 06/28/13)
Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda on Thursday stressed that she will not accept any donation of Anti Viral (ARVs) drugs that would pose threat to the life of Malawians. Dr. Banda said this at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on her arrival from Nigeria where she attended a conference organized by Nigeria women. The president noted that some of the ARVs that people living positively were receiving were outdated and had enormous side effects. She said some of the people who got the drug had deformed bodies while others had strange features something that was not expected to be happening after taking the drug. "Apart from other issues, the meeting I attended discussed on how we can reduce HIV...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
The World Bank has agreed to help fast-track the implementation of Malawi’s $84.7-million Energy Sector Support Project, which has faced delays. The bank is funding the project, aimed at improving the operational capacity of Malawi’s hydro-based electricity sector and identifying alternative energy sources. “The project is currently procuring consultants. We, therefore, expect acceleration in disbursement in the coming year, when procurement of goods begins,” says World Bank Malawi country manager Sandra Bloemankamp. The bank says it resolved to ask the implementing agencies – the Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – to fast-track the project because limi- ted procurement has taken place, which has resulted in the slow disbursement of funds. The Energy Sector Support...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
LILONGWE (Mana) —Parliament Friday adopted the 2013/14 National Budget after passing the remaining three votes as part of the K630.5 billion allocated to various ministries and departments on the financial year starting July 1, 2013. The votes for the National Assembly, Department of Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and National Aids Commission were passed without amendments, but the vote for the Ministry of Heath attracted much debate from the House with many MPs saying K42 billion (approximately) allocated to the ministry was inadequate. Speaking to the media after the budget was passed, Finance Minister Dr. Ken Lipenga expressed satisfaction and gratitude in the maturity with which the budget has been debated since it was tabled in the House three weeks ago. “There is...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
LILONGWE (Lydia Kalonde, Mana)- President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping expressed hope that the relations between Malawi and China would grow from strength to strength during the tenure of office of the new Malawi Ambassador to China, Ernest Makawa. The Chinese leader said this when the Malawian ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to him at the Great Hall of the People.nPresident Xi welcomed Makawa to China, saying he was looking forward to more high level exchanges between the two countries. He also thanked President Dr. Joyce Banda for her condolence message through the ambassador to the Chinese Government and its people over the loss of lives in the Lushan Earthquake which took place on April 20...
(The Maravi Post 06/27/13)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given Malawi a K7.5 billion package for the country’s early education. The package will support government’s effort to improve and advance reading skills of learners in standards one to three. According to USAID Communications Specialist, Oris Chimenya, the money will support a project called Early Grade Reading Activity (Egra) that will be implemented by a contractor that will work closely with the ministry of education. The project, which intends to have 90 percent of children accessing reading materials in classroom instructions in a language they speak and understand, will be implemented in the12 districts of Mulanje, Zomba, Thyolo, Ntchisi, Mzimba, Blantyre, Rumphi, Ntcheu, Lilongwe, Machinga, Balaka and Zomba. “Egra will be implemented...
(Malawi News Agency 06/27/13)
Lilongwe — President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping expressed hope that the relations between Malawi and China would grow from strength to strength during the tenure of office of the new Malawi Ambassador to China, Ernest Makawa. The Chinese leader said this when the Malawian ambassador presented his Letters of Credence to him at the Great Hall of the People. President Xi welcomed Makawa to China, saying he was looking forward to more high level exchanges between the two countries. He also thanked President Dr. Joyce Banda for her condolence message through the ambassador to the Chinese Government and its people over the loss of lives in the Lushan Earthquake which took place on April 20 this...
(The Malawi Democrat 06/27/13)
Democratic Progressive Party-DPP wishes to inform its supporters and the nation at large that it has uncovered a plot by the ruling People’s Party to scheme the arrest of its President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Saturday 29th June immediately Parliament rises sine die. Our sources within the government machinery have confided to us that Professor Peter Mutharika will be arrested in connection with the alleged 61 billion Kwacha Bingu estates valuations as an accomplice using the money laundering Law. We in the DPP find these assertions by the ruling elite as political witch hunt aimed at targeting individuals deemed political mountains to government. We are surprised and failing to connect Peter Mutharika to the alleged bank accounts especially when...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Zodiak Online 06/26/13)
The International Monetary Fund IMF has revised downwards the country's economic growth projections from the initial 5.5 percent to 5 percent in the next fiscal year. This, the Fund says, is as a result of slightly reduced crop estimates and external factors such as fuel prices. Nonetheless a special IMF mission that has concluded its quarterly review on the economy has maintained the economy is showing signs of recovery. “A number of indicators suggest that macroeconomic policy reforms have begun to bear fruit: increased availability of foreign exchange, the recent appreciation of the Kwacha, declining inflation, and rising capacity utilization in the manufacturing sector,” says a statement released at the end of the mission Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Fund is this...
(Zodiak Online 06/26/13)
The European Union-EU-has called for prudence on how the Malawi Government is spending donor funds channelled into various development projects in the country. EU Head of Operation Milko van Gool made the call when the union and the Malawi government signed a 10 billion kwacha grant agreement to the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH-Programme aimed at improving the country’s water sanitation. Finance Minister Dr Ken Lipenga conceded that there has been misuse of project funds in various sectors. According to the EU Charge De Affairs and Head of Operations Mr Milko van Gool Malawi Government is expected to use the donor funds within its set budget frame. “We wish that the finances be handled properly and that the money should...
(The Maravi Post 06/26/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) — Parliament Monday passed the Appropriation Bill allowing the Malawi government to start spending money allocated to various ministries and departments valued at K630.5 billion. Last Friday, the House adopted all the votes allocated to all 57 government ministries and departments without amendments as suggested by some opposition legislators. The process to have the 2013/2014 national budget in place was completed on Monday as the House gave the government mandate to start using the money after three weeks of thorough scrutiny of allocations in the national budget. The 2013/14 national budget was initially presented in the House on May 24 by Finance Minister Ken Lipenga. Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda hailed the legislators for their commitment in ensuring that...
(The Maravi Post 06/26/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) — As one way of enhancing and promoting exports as stipulated in the National Export Strategy (NES), the Malawi government through the Ministry of Industry and Trade has trimmed the number of export products requiring an export permit from 25 to 10 items. This measure, according to Industry and Trade Minister Sosten Gwengwe, has been undertaken to make it cheaper, easier and faster to export and trade across the borders. Gwengwe further advised that in addition to securing an export permit, exporters should also ensure compliance with the necessary export procedures. Export products requiring export permit include raw hard round wood timbers, live poultry - day-old chicks included - petroleum products, scrap metals, hides and skins in processed...
( 06/26/13)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold an Infrastructure Investment Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday. The summit is seen as highly important for the SADC as it seeks to accelerate its industrial and trade capacity through substantial infrastructure investment in order to expand economic growth and employment creation. The summit will be attended by representatives from the business and financial communities, as well as by the heads of state of Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa and the chairperson of the African Union Commission. President Jacob Zuma will participate in a high-level round table session on Thursday, during which he will focus on the North-South Corridor in his capacity as Champion of the AU-Nepad Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative...
(The Maravi Post 06/26/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) — Police in Malawi’s southern district of Blantyre have arrested 13 people believed to have been terrorizing and breaking into lodges, rest houses and other buildings in Blantyre and Chikhwawa districts. The suspects would attack staff, visitors and customers before stealing valuable assorted items and cash. Some of the arrested suspects are James Saidi Idi, aged 32 from Thyolo, Steven Ganizani, aged 23 from Blantyre, Mataka Kachingwe, 40, from Thyolo, Tiyankhulabe, 2 N50 car batteries, Bank Cheques worth K9, 850.00 and K32, 000 cash. At the National Library office, they thugs went away with seven desktop computers, K177, 250 .00 cash and other items, worth over K3 million, according to Thembachako. Mlando, 22, from Thyolo and James HallodMulingini,...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Malawi News Agency 06/25/13)
Lilongwe — President Dr Joyce Banda will leave the country on June 26 for Abuja Nigeria where she is expected to attend a High Level Global Women Network on 27 and 28 June 2013. According to press release from the State House authored by Presidential Press Secretary Steve Nhlane, the President will depart through the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe at 09:00 hours in the morning. The Global Power Network aims at reviewing and identifying strategies for accelerating the implementation of the global and regional commitments for women and gender equality and HIV/AIDS in Africa and adopting the post 2015 priorities. The conference will review the continent's performance in HIV response for women and girls, as well as in women's...
(Voice of America 06/25/13)
A combination of strategies aimed at improving the quality of care for mothers in rural Malawi has dramatically reduced newborn mortality. Experts say it could be a model for similar programs in other countries with poor pre- and post-natal care. The five-year program looked at the care of women and their newborns in the weeks immediately preceding and following birth in Malawi, a sub-Saharan country with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. The study was carried out in three rural communities, with a combined population of 2 million people. Investigators wanted to find out which of two interventions was more effective in reducing newborn and infant mortality - improving health care quality at birthing facilities or...

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