Malawi is among countries where maternal mortality is very high, 634/100,000 live births. With long distances to health centers, cultural barriers and shortages of professional health workers, some mothers still give birth at home without skilled health care. This leads to complications before, during or after birth. Our center aims to provide needed information to reduce maternal deaths. Clients will be getting information on how the body changes during pregnancy, danger signs as well as promoting utilization of emergency obstetric care. Parents will be getting information on caring for the newborn up to 28 days post delivery. Clients will as well be getting information on different contraceptive methods available and linking them to health centers accordingly.
The community health workers are volunteers and we believe that they need to be taken care of themselves for them to effectively take care of others. We aim to support them by providing soft loans for income generating activities as well as promoting agriculture and entrepreneurship skills.
The centers will be located within the communities, closer to where the people are. We will be using locally available infrastructures. The community health workers are currently providing health education in the communities on disease prevention on a smaller scale and the center would be to strengthen their work.
We aim to start with two centers in two communities serving a population of over 4,000.