Category: blogafrica

Free Software for Malawi

Alex Antener presents a talk on his Malawi projects: Freie Software – Eine Chance für Afrika, (in German) Very interesting, and lots of screens with GNU Linux. [update] The official recording of the talk is available online.

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BBC World documentary

BBC re-visits Madalitso in Mangochi District: The small town of Monkey Bay on the banks of Lake Malawi, like so many other small towns and villages throughout southern Africa, is being destroyed by HIV/AIDS. We return to Monkey bay where Joyce Lwanda jumps from class to class struggling to teach an entire primary school on […]

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Malawi bloggers on Madonna

My Google alert for news on Malawi has never had so many US and European articles as in the past months. All because of Madonna. Topics such as the last General Elections or bad harvests – which have a much bigger impact – were only covered by the usual outlets (BBC World, CNN). I remember […]

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well-intentioned, but…

stumbled across this well-intentioned attempt to increase the salary of Malawi’s health personnel in Joanne’s blog: Sometime last year DFID (the British development agency) decided to give money specifically to increase the salaries of nurses and clinicians, the thought being that this would help with retention of health workers. Unfortunately, the government decided that the […]

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Chongoni Rock Art Area

The Chongoni Rock Art Area has been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites: Situated within a cluster of forested granite hills and covering an area of 126.4 km2, high up the plateau of central Malawi, the area features the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa on 127 sites. They reflect the […]

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Mount Mulanje Porters Race

The annual Mount Mulanje Porters Race takes place tomorrow for the 10th time. The race starts at Likhubula Forest Office and goes up to Chambe Plateau, about 2500m above see level, before proceeding (via the plateau) to Lichenya Plateau and back to Likhubula. Last year’s winner ran this tiring 25km race in 2 hrs and […]

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Babycatcher

A nurse midwife writes about her work experience in Lilongwe – sad and heart-wrenching with glimpses of hope. I found a Quicktime movie about her work, but I can’t view it on my Windoze machine, even though I have the required Quicktime player. [update] The video now works but it’s on a slowish server.

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Malaria

Every day in Malawi, over 110 people die of malaria — nearly half of them under the age of 18. Throughout Africa, 3,000 children die each day from this preventable disease.

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Malawi Tea Prices Up

Malawi tea growers profited from drought in Kenya: “Tea prices have almost doubled in Malawi since December last year, according to local tea market analysts.” Source: KBC

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i’m living in a fridge…

Arrived back in Basel. To discover that it’s still winterly cold here. I’m living in a fridge… I enjoyed my 3 week stay in Blantyre, where I surprisingly still feel at home. As if I never left. Even though much has changed. My own descriptions of Europe sounded faraway and unreal. But a visit is […]

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very south

One week vacation in Blantyre. It feels more like a month than a week. A lot has happened since I arrived at Chileka last Saturday. I even managed to fall ill for a day and a half. I still feel a little bit of nausea. It’s a long time since I have been in Blantyre […]

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africanflyer

Blog on African airlines and aviation: africanflyer Entries on Air Malawi [Update] Air Malawi has a website at www.airmalawi.com For reservations contact: reservations at airmalawi.net

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Nyala Lodge, Lengwe National Park, Malawi

Roz of the Friday Team has posted this photo of Nyala Lodge in Lengwe National Park: an ideal retreat and so near to Blantyre, I really think it’s yet another one of Malawi’s hidden gems.. And it’s always warm there. More infos: Malawi Tourism Jambo Africa

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Online version of Malawi’s Daily Times

My Google Alert for Malawi now includes articles from the The Daily Times. Looks like another major malawian newspaper has joined The Nation online. Just noticed that Google still considers its Alerts service as “Beta”… I’ve been using alerts for a quite a while now. In time the definition of a beta release will change […]

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