Plan Malawi has embarked on safe motherhood campaign across Kasungu with the aim of improving maternal, newborn and child health in the district.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Friday, Plan-Malawi Community Mobilization Officer in Kasungu, Nephitary Makina, said the increasing number of maternal deaths in the district compelled the NGO to embark on the campaign.
“We observed that a lot of pregnant women die before or during birth due to lack of proper health care services in Kasungu.
“As Plan Malawi, we decided to advocate for safe motherhood in the surrounding communities where we are working, including health facilities and market places,” he said.
According to Makina, among other activities in the campaign, Pan is teaching various groups of people, especially men, various ways of improving maternal, newborn and child health and also encouraging them to take part in safe motherhood practices.
He added the NGO has also trained counselors and Health Management Committees on how to support safe motherhood services.
“We have trained counselors and Health Management Committees who provide information about safe motherhood and ensure there are enough clinicians, medicine and antenatal services in various health centres in the district,” Makina said.
Commenting on the initiative, one of the guardians at Kasungu District Hospital who hails from Traditional Authority Lukwa in the district, Sophia Phiri (48), said the campaign has helped to reduce problems that pregnant women face in her area.
“Before the campaign, most expectant women suffered a lot from pregnancy complications which are controlled at the hospital but it was something we did not know.
“When Plan Malawi counselors came to our area, they advised and encouraged us to go to the hospital in time so that we are treated in case of any complications or illnesses,” she said.
Phiri said since then, problems and deaths associated with pregnancy have been reduced in her area.
“We are thankful to Plan Malawi for the initiative because the lives of women, unborn children and new born are safeguarded through the initiative,” she added.
Plan Malawi has also bought ambulances which help in ferrying pregnant women to the district hospital from various health centres in case of referrals.
The Safe Motherhood Campaign is implemented with financial support from the Government of Canada through Impath projects in Kasungu District.-MANA