Pamela, (Mother) with 4 year old Irenaeus Chisiza Msenga: Madam can you introduce yourself? Pamela: I am Pamela Chipeka and am 29 years old. I am staying in Area 25, Lilongwe. Msenga: What can you tell me about your child? Pamela: My child is Irenaeus Chisiza, male and 4 years of age. He was born with Cerebral Palsy (microcephalus) and is also epileptic. Msenga: When … Continue reading Interview with Pamela, a single mother of a child with disability from Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa.
Parents from the district of Karonga have lamented that for their children with mobility challenges to access services, they have to cover over 200 Kms. One of the parents, Mr. Richard Mzinza, who is father to a seven year boy, Pilirani, with cerebral palsy, explained that he had to sell all the rice that he had harvested in order to find transport money to travel … Continue reading Parents travel over 200 Km to access services for their Children with Mobility Challenges.
Estery lives in Lumbadzi, Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa District of Malawi. She lives with her mother who has been a widow since 1991 when her daughter, Estery was a year old. The mother who is about 69 years old, explained that Estery was born prematurely at 6 months, with weak nervous system. She cannot stand not sit. She has to always lie on her … Continue reading PODCAM counsels a family for locking up a member with disabilities for 30 years.
Speaking with one parent of a youth with disability, Ronnacy Nyirongo of Mzuzu City PODCAM support group, sounded SOS. Ronnacy says that in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, families with children with disabilities are severely hit economically. Such that they cannot afford to buy the lucrative face masks for themselves and their wards. In fact she said that even the acquired masks do not … Continue reading Families of Children with Disabilities are severely hit economically due to Covid: steps taken in Malawi to train parents on making masks.
After identifying children with mobility challenges, referrals are made to the service provider. In Malawi, the Malawi Against Physical Disability (MAP), is a government institution with expertise to fix wheelchairs for clients that use or need to use the device. However, most prospective clients, especially children with mobility challenges fail to access the services because their parents do not have transport money to take their … Continue reading Poverty deprives children with physical disabilities from accessing aid.
The Commission of Inquiry set up by the former president of Malawi, has failed to find the source of market for body parts from persons with Albinism. Continue reading Disability Issues in Malawi