Malawi

Chop Off Our Limbs For Use In A Potion? The Genetic Lottery Still Playing Today

Dr Oscar Duke | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Dr Oscar Duke

At birth, my parents were told I would not be able to attend a mainstream school and were given lists of the things that my visual impairment would prevent me from doing. Nobody ever suggested that there'd be ample Hollywood career opportunities to play an evil albino monk in the Da Vinci Code and certainly nobody dreamed I'd end up as a doctor working for the NHS.

Madonna Confirms She Has Adopted Malawian Twin Girls With This Adorable Instagram Snap

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Madonna has welcomed two new additions to her family after adopting twin sisters Stella and Esther from Malawi. The 58-year-old said she was “overjo...

Madonna Disputes Claims She Has Applied To Adopt Two More Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

UPDATE: This article has been amended to reflect the fact Madonna has denied a statement made by a Malawi government spokesperson to news outlets. M...

Malawi: Big Heart, Small Country

Eilidh French | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eilidh French

Malawi is one of those places where those who have never been don't understand its unique charm, and for those who have, it continues to capture their imaginations. Having grown up there and become used to its various quirks and differences, I can vouch for this. So why does Malawi, one of Africa's smallest countries , continue to be home for even those who have long left it?

Give Girls A Voice And Let Them Change Their World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anita Tiessen

In 1909, a group of young women marched on a rally in Crystal Palace, London, calling to be part of the newly formed Scout movement. These girls were bold; their actions transformative. Anything boys could do, girls could do too - and these girls believed they could do anything.

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

From the East End to Southeast Africa - One Day Young in Malawi

Jenny Lewis | Posted 03.12.2016 | UK
Jenny Lewis

I started the original One Day Young project in East London back in 2008, photographing over 150 mothers at home with their babies in the first twenty-four hours of life. When invited me to extend this project to Malawi, to raise awareness about women giving birth without clean water or sanitation for their Deliver Life appeal, I was apprehensive.

'Good Morning Britain' Visits Malawi

Michelle Porter | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Michelle Porter

The region of Chikwawa is hot, remote and extremely poor with no electricity in most homes and no safe drinking water. TV production facilities in the country are almost non-existent, so we had to bring everything with us. Here I have detailed some of the statistics that made up our trip to Malawi...

Why Doing Things Differently Can Be Fruitful in Fundraising

Peter Ryan | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Peter Ryan

To those charities looking to reach new audiences and find ways to raise crucial funds I have one recommendation - "Do things differently, you never know how successful it may be!"

Malawi Floods: How Clean Water Has Transformed the Lives of Those Who Had Everything Washed Away

Sanjay Singh | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Sanjay Singh

While scars from the floods remain, the communities are becoming stronger than ever before with the help of clean water and improved sanitation facilities, keeping them healthy and uniting them in a common purpose to rebuild their lives. I leave with a firm image in my mind that everyday makes me smile - a water pump. Such a simple thing really can transform lives.

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

The 5 Best Places to See Leopards on Safari in Africa

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Leopards are beautiful, elegant creatures. One of the "big five" in the feline family, leopards survive in the wild through their ability to camouflage and blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. Unlike its sisters, the white lion and the cheetah, the leopard is very hard to find on safari despite being abundant in numbers.

Preventing Disease and Further Tragedy for Malawi Flood Victims

Lovemore Mvula | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Lovemore Mvula

When the storms first hit southern Malawi in January, Edina Anyezi, a 44-year-old mother and well-respected Senior Chief Kawinga of Mwanyali Village, rushed home to rescue her family's few belongings from the rising floodwaters.

The Lessons I've Learned From My Malawian Mother

Alice Pulford | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Pulford

For the last six years I have worked in the beautiful country of Malawi but this is the first time I'm taking a moment to really try and understand the experience and once again the people of Malawi have enlightened me, educated me. Their strength, their unity and compassion is utterly breath-taking.

Fighting Meningitis Globally

Chris Head | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis is poorly understood in Malawi - many people seek the wrong sort of treatment or seek it too late, and there can often be delays reaching appropriate healthcare.

How You Can Give a Child Affected by Extreme Poverty or Conflict a Future

Hugh Dennis | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Dennis

Poverty in Myanmar affects ordinary Burmese families and children, with one in four of the population living in extreme poverty, but ActionAid's child sponsorship programme is really helping and making real transformations... That is why I am is backing ActionAid's Christmas appeal to find sponsors for 2,700 children across six countries in the developing world - Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and The Gambia - who are affected by extreme poverty or conflict to help give them a future.

Madonna Returns To Malawi

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Madonna has returned to the Malawi orphanage where she adopted her youngest daughter, Mercy James, to launch a new project. SEE MORE: Simon Cowel...

Ana-whata? Explaining Anaesthesia

Sarah Kessler | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

Squeeze. Release. Pause. Squeeze. Release. Pause. 20 times a minute. 1,200 times an hour. 28,800 times a day. Listen for the hiss of...

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges

Allan Pamba | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems. ..

Joining Forces in the Fight for the Right to the City

Caroline Elliot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Caroline Elliot

As regional leaders next week gather for the African economic conference in Johannesburg, within post-apartheid's wealthiest province, the leader of some of South Africa's poorest communities prepares to join forces with allies overseas in the bid for justice and the right to the city.

2015: The Year We Get It Right On Poverty And Climate Change?

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Alison Doig

A sticking point in both the climate and the post-MDG discussions will be the issue of equity. In simple terms, which countries should act first and deliver most, who should pay for it and how do we transfer technology from rich countries to poor?

On International Day of the Girl, It's Time to Remember That Girls Should Be Students, Not Brides

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lakshmi Sundaram

Kidan from Ethiopia was eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to complete her education and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. But she was instead promised in marriage in exchange for cattle...

Only Five Dentists and 200 Dental Therapists for a Population of 14Million - What Is Wrong With These Figures?

James Goolnik | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
James Goolnik

There is so much news at the moment surrounding children's diets and what impact this has on their oral health, for example the rising number of drinks and snacks with sugar in them which erodes young children's milk teeth.