BEAM TRUST INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN TO END STIGMA ON PEOPLE AFFECTED BY INFERTILITY

Special Advisor to the First Lady, Madame Gertrude Mutharika on Health and Planning under Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust, Emma Mabvumbe has cautioned communities against discriminating men and women associated with infertility condition in the country. Speaking during sensitization meetings on infertility in Thyolo and Mulanje recently, Mabvumbe said 85 percent of infertility cases are reversible considering that most of such happen due to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), low sperm count and abortions which could be easily treated with early…

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BEAM TRUST GIRLS EDUCATION RECEIVES A BOOST AS CHINA DONATES K30m

SPEECH MADE BY HER EXCELLENCY THE FIRST LADY WHEN THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT DONATED K30.140m TO BEAM TRUST TOWARDS GIRLS EDUCATION His Excellency Liu HongYang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malawi; The Deputy Ambassador, Mr Wang Xiusheng and the entire delegation from the Embassy; Officials from the Beautify Malawi Trust here present; Members of the Press; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen Allow me to begin by welcoming you, Your Excellency, Ambassador Liu HongYang and the entire delegation this…

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TRADITIONAL LEADERS EMBRACE MERCK ‘MORE THAN A MOTHER’ INITIATIVE

Some Traditional leaders in the southern region of Malawi have welcomed the Merck More Than a Mother Initiative, saying the project, being one of its kind, will bring positive change on the way communities treat people affected by infertility. Speaking at separate meetings recently, TA Changata of Thyolo and TA Chikumbu of Mulanje hailed the initiative saying it will reduce the issues of stigma among persons with infertility, raise awareness on communities to stop the behaviour and bring positive…

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BEAM TRUST LAUNCHES ‘MORE THAN A MOTHER’ INITIATIVE ACTIVITIES, RAISES AWARENESS ON STIGMA AGAINST PEOPLE WITH INFERTILITY

Following the successful launch of the Merck ‘More Than a Mother’ Initiative in Malawi on July 16, 2019, the Beautify Malawi Trust has rolled out the project with awareness campaigns in some parts of the Southern Region of the country. The campaigns are aimed at raising awareness on the evils of stigma and discrimination against people who are infertile. Speaking at Traditional Authority Kapeni’s Headquarters in Blantyre recently, special advisor to the First Lady on Health and Planning, Mrs…

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TACKLING INFERTILITY PROBLEMS

Mary Mdawa from Chikunkhu Village in Thyolo dreams of having a baby someday. The 35-year-old has been in a childless marriage for 22 years. The woman, who married aged13, has endured demeaning remarks and treatment from her neighbours in the remote part of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphuka. “I have been to different hospitals and herbalists, but I am still the laughing stock,” she says. Kelej with Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace Two times, Mdawa’s husband has walked away from her…

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FASHION AWARDS FOR INFERTILITY AWARENESS

The Merck Foundation, an organisation whose objective is to address infertility issue in Africa, has launched fashion awards in Malawi. In partnership with the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, the awards aspire to motivate fashion designers to think outside the box and break infertility stigma in the country. First Lady Gertrude Mutharika with Merck Foundation CEO Rasha Kelej Merck Foundation chief executive officer (CEO) Dr. Rasha Kelej says the organisation believes that art can make a difference by bringing about…

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