Minister turns function into marriage counselling session
Minister of Gender, Disability and Child Welfare Development, Patricia Kaliati, has bemoaned the habit of men who walk about almost naked on the beaches of Lake Malawi but fail to undress in the presence of their spouses in their bedrooms.
Speaking at Ulongwe last Saturday on the sidelines of the launch of Improved Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Under-five Children project, Kaliati said the fight against HIV and Aids can only be won if couples are open and faithful to each other.
“Women should completely submit to their husbands and be open to each other in order to end promiscuity to fight the pandemic,” she said.
Kaliati said although nutrition in the country is a big problem, help will not come from outside but that if love exists in the family, couples will be able to utilise locally found foods to become nutritious meals that will promote healthy lives.
District Commissioner for Balaka, Rodrick Mateauma, said the issue of malnutrition around Ulongwe has been made worse due to recent flash floods that affected over 2,500 households.
“Only healthy people can participate in the development of the nation and the health of a nation derives from eating wholesome and nutritious food sourced locally,” he said.
Mateauma also said the project, which will be implemented in Early Childhood Development Centres, will ensure that children grow with healthy bodies and minds so that they contribute positively to the development of the country.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Deputy Head of Programmes, Norias Kayira, said the project aims at building the capacity of Catholic Sisters of four out of 29 congregations in Malawi involved in ECD.
CRS has funds amounting to US$700, 000 for three years for advocacy and other activities for the Malawian Sisters Congregations implementing the programme which are Theressian, Rosarian, Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacramentine.
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