Thursday 11 February 2016

From Resilience to Sustenance

Eluby Chabwera and her family’s normal routine of subsistence farming was temporarily halted when flooding affected their crops in early January 2015. Due to the heavy rains, almost all their crops were washed away, giving them the lowest yield they have ever encountered as a household. Eluby has two sons, Rafiki and Talandira, but she also looks after her sister’s daughter, Emily.

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Nutrition champions go on a nutrition fact-finding mission

Taking up their role as nutrition champions, the Parliamentary Commission on HIV/AIDS and Nutrition recently went on a nutrition fact finding mission to obtain firsthand information on the nutrition situation in parts of the country. The committee intends to use their findings as evidence to lobby parliament to increase funding towards nutrition. 

For the fact finding mission, the committee went to various sites in Kasungu, Ntchisi, Mulanje and Blantyre districts.

Monday 7 December 2015

Social accountability as a stepping stone for the Priority Campaign—experiences from Malawi

Sitting in the district council hall on that hot October morning and listening to members of the Mwanza District Nutrition Coordinating Committee (DNHA) taking turns to describe how late they receive their monthly funds from Central government and how the figure continues to decline month in, month out, one conclusion came to mind—fair financing goes beyond the figures that government publishes in the pink book—the national budget. Fair financing is about how timely that money is disbursed to district councils and how adequate it is to implement planned activities.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Save the Children Attends the 2015 Mother's Day Fun Run

On 17th October 2015, Save the Children participated in the 2015 Mother’s Day Fun Run organized by Nation Publications Limited (NPL). The race has been running since 2005, with the purpose of enhancing safe motherhood in Malawi – particularly with support of neonatal healthcare equipment to the Government.  As part of its social responsibility, NPL uses funds and donations accumulated from this occasion to assist hospitals and health centers in need around the country.

Wednesday 9 September 2015

International Literacy Day: Nutrition and Literacy, Two Lanes on the Same Highway to Sustained Development

Reading and writing—they seem like very simple skills, don’t they? If you are reading this you have probably answered yes but 775 million people will disagree with you. These are the people that according to current global statistics lack minimum literacy skills.

September 8th is international day of literacy. It is a day that serves to remind the world about the importance of literacy, its status today and how that consequently affects our society.