NCDI and poverty.

Minister of Health and Population, Hon. Atupele Muluzi making a speech at the NCDI Poverty Commission Report Launch.

” There is a common misconception that Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries(NCDI’s) are diseases for the well to do and people living in urban areas because of unhealthy life styles like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and unhealthy foods. But this is not the case, they are diseases affecting the whole population”. Hon. Atupele Muluzi.

NCDI’s and programmatic funding.

Dr. Jones Masiye,NCDI Commission chairperson making a presentation of the NCDI Poverty Commission Report.

“The disease burden caused by Non Communicable Diseases and Injuries (NCDI) is more than 30% but the programmatic funding allocated for the NCDI’s is less than 1%. Why can’t we advocate for heavy taxes on tobacco products and channel the revenue to support NCDI . Dr. Jones Masiye.

Introducing our Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI)

As part of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s mission of ending smoking in this generation, the Foundation supports efforts to diversify tobacco economies and lessen the reliance of smallholder farmers on the tobacco sector. This requires much more than simple crop substitution, and the Foundation’s approach incorporates aspects of science, technology, innovation, and commercialization to view what is fundamentally an economic question through an economic lens.

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Tobacco smoking and the under aged

He is 13 and comes from an affluent family. He goes to one of the prestigious high schools in Blantyre. His family is spending a fortune to send him to this high school forgoing a luxurious life they can afford to live.

The parents get the shock of their lives when they are called by school authorities informing them that their son has been caught in his room with some of his friends smoking Chamba (weed). The son is dismissed from school.

This is not an isolated case of Chamba and tobacco smoking in Malawi among under aged children. A recent report by the Tobacco Atlas revealed that more than 5, 000 children within the age bracket of 10 to 14 years smoke tobacco in Malawi. Continue reading Tobacco smoking and the under aged