Meeting Africa's universal health challenge

File photo©OBED ZILWA/AP/SIPAThe right to health is a basic human right, one that depends on access to timely and affordable health care of appropriate quality. Yet, we know that approximately 100 million people globally are needlessly pushed into poverty every year as a result of costly health care expenditure.

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Texas man sentenced to 25 years for abusing orphan boys in Malawi

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAA Texas man who managed an orphanage in Malawi was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing children in his care, U.S. prosecutors said.

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IMF extends Malawi loan programme, adds $80 million for drought measures

Photo©ReutersThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) will increase loans to Malawi by $76.8 million, the global lender said on Monday following an economic review of the drought-hit country.

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Ebola, drought, commodity price slump dent Sub-Saharan Africa economic growth

File photo©Rio Tinto/AP/SIPAEconomic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will likely slow this year to its weakest in nearly two decades, hurt by a slump in commodity prices, the Ebola virus outbreak and drought, the IMF said on Tuesday.

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Malawi Country Profile 2015: With victory comes a poisoned chalice

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Peter Mutharika's narrow victory in the hotly contested elections of 20 May 2014 may turn out to have been the easy part in a country so troubled by corruption and food insecurity.

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Moe Shaik: We need a more reality-based approach

Photos© Lulama Zenzile/Foto24/Gallo Images/GettyThe spy chief turned bank chief is bullish about the development bank's impact in the region, but says risk mitigation must inform large multi-country projects

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Malawi eyes $10 bn in prospective investments at trade forum

Photo©ReutersMalawi's first ever investment forum netted more than $1 billion in prospective investments, the trade minister said on Wednesday, as officials hoped the amount would rise to $10 billion once all proposed deals were concluded.

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South Africa apologises to Africa for xenophobia

South Africa's International Relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa has apologised to African countries after the xenophobic attacks flared again in the continent's largest economy, driving thousands of immigrants out of their homes.

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Malawi: 2015 Maize harvest to be heavily affected by weather

Photo©ReutersMalawi will see a "substantial decrease" in the maize harvest of its staple maize crop in 2015 due to a combination of floods and drought, Agriculture Minister Allan Chiyembekeza said on Wednesday.

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Malawi gets $18 million IMF aid after commitment to fight corruption

The International Monetary Fund will provide $18.1 million to Malawi after its government promised to tackle the corruption that led to a suspension of aid by donors following large-scale graft involving public funds.

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Malawi to sell controlling stakes in two struggling banks

Malawi is selling portions of two commercial banks to recapitalise in a move meant to turn around the struggling banks, the government's divestiture agency said on Monday.

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A popular uprising concentrates the minds of African leaders

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda (L) President Paul Kagame, Rwanda (R)The game of thrones and succession planning in Africa was jolted by the spectacle on 31 October of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré fleeing the mass street demonstrations in Ouagadougou on a French helicopter for exile in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire.

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Bharti Airtel's Africa mobile tower sale to include Tanzania, Malawi

Photo©ReutersBharti Airtel's planned disposal of mobile phone towers in Africa will see it sell masts in Tanzania to Helios Towers, while units in Malawi will go to Eaton Towers, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday.

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Education: Massive teacher shortage on the horizon

A teacher in Namibia. Photo©World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa is about to face a major shortage of teachers, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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Malawi's brotherly presidential legacy

Peter Mutharika is picking up where his brother, the late president, left off. Photo©ReutersNewly elected President Peter Mutharika won the 20 May presidential election for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with a third of the votes, and is at pains to succeed where his brother failed.

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Kenya's CIC Insurance plans Malawi expansion, sets bonus issue

Kenya's CIC Insurance plans to issue bonus shares, increase its share capital and expand its business to Malawi this year after reporting a marginal rise in full-year pretax profit.

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Ethiopian Airlines' strategic partner, Malawi Airlines launches international flight

Tewolde Gebremariam CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says intra-African partnership is critical for the emergence of a globally competitive indigenous African airline industryEthiopian Airlines on Friday announced that its strategic partner for the southern Africa region, Malawian Airlines, had made its first international flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

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6 people to watch in Southern Africa in 2014

Edson Chagas (left), Lazarus Chakwera (centre top left), Wynter Kabimba (centre bottom left), Mzwandile Masina (centre top right),  John Mangudya (centre bottom right), Margarida Talapa (right) Southern Africa's people to watch list for 2014 could be a sign of interesting political events ahead in the region.

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Canada-Africa: The mines and the money

A Toronto firm makes repairs to its Zambia copper ore mill. Photo©Photo12/AlAmyBuoyed by successes forged in mines and oil sands at home, Canadian companies are moving steadily into Africa. The government, meanwhile, is making sure that aid and private sector activities benefit each other.

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Innovation: RapidSMS enhances Africa's data transfer

File photo©ReutersA technological innovation to boost Malawi's food security surveillance four years ago has become a secure tool in the area of data transfer around Africa. In Nigeria, the system has had a huge impact on the lives of many.

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