Sunday, October 2

Features

Features, Health

Arduous treks to access ART services in rural areas

By Sam Majamanda, Malawi News Agency: Eluby Makweza, 70, has been on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) since 2012 when she tested positive for HIV. Her life has been dependent on the drug which government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health provides freely to every HIV-positive citizen owing to an agreement made at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Makweza, who comes from Mfunda Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiwalo in Phalombe bears costs because she covers an average of 12 kilometres to access her ARVs at Nambazo Health Centre, a facility situated along the border with Mozambique. “Normally, when I am not sick, I need to go to the clinic every three months to access ARVs and getting my viral load checked,” she explains, adding that the two services h...
Features, Politics

Off the wall of Prof. Danwood Chirwa

Yesterday I saw a video clip, sent to me from a retired professor (Zambian), of Dr Lazarus Chakwera rightly declaring himself winner of the presidential election. I haven’t seen anyone comment on it. I wonder why. Anyway, I thought the speech was forceful, delivered with conviction and authority. This is a man who will make the country proud in his international engagements. In the speech the ‘unofficial’ President elect laid some beacons. He acknowledged that the Muluzi-Mutharika has been a stain on the national soul and that its reign of plunder must be brought to an end. I read into this an unambiguous commitment to fighting corruption and looting, both that which has occurred and that which will occur. Malawians expect as much. Dr Chakwera also addressed the question many...