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Here’s How Malawi Responded to Wild Poliovirus 30 Years After Eradication

By Josephine Chinele (Lead Writer) Her priest’s announcement was enough reason for Cecelia Yohane, a resident of Nchalo Chikwawa, to have her 2-year-old grandchild vaccinated against polio. “All my children are not educated, not many people in my village are educated either. But I want to change our story through my grandchildren. I want this […]

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Fistula Repairs Redeeming Hope for Malawian Women

By Josephine Chinele (Lead Writer) Jackline Chiwinga remembered the euphoria of waking up to dry bedding after her successful obstetric fistula repair surgery. Seventeen years old and married, for one year, she lived with stigma, gossip, and isolation due to the constant leaking of urine and the foul odour that followed her everywhere. However, everything […]

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Drone Delivery to the Rescue: Tackling Health Logistics in Rural Malawi

By Rabson Kondowe (Lead Writer) Martha Mastala knew something was wrong with her 5-year-old son when she noticed that he was less jovial than usual, so she took him to Wimbe Health Centre in Kasungu district, Central Malawi, where he tested positive for malaria. The health centre had run out of anti-malaria drugs, but an […]

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Hope from the Pulpit: The church easing transport woes for Malawi’s riverine pregnant women

By Rabson Kondowe and Feston Malekezo (Lead Writers) “I thought I was going to die, I nearly gave birth on a ship,” Lucy Chirambo said somberly. It was in the wee hours of a cold July in 2016 when Chirambo started showing labour signs. Without hesitation, her husband hastily took her to Tchalo Health Centre, […]