Malawi men asked to take part in family planning

Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood Madam Carista Mutharika Officially Opens the Maternity Waiting Home at Area 25 Health Centre in LL. Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood Madam Carista Mutharika Officially Opens the Maternity Waiting Home at Area 25 Health Centre in LL. Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood, Madam Carista Mutharika, receives an Ambulance keys from UNC Project Assoc. Prof, Dr. Wilkinson and handover to the DHO, Dr. Mwale -Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood, Madam Carista Mutharika, receives an Ambulance keys from UNC Project Assoc. Prof, Dr. Wilkinson and handover to the DHO, Dr. Mwale -Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Malawian men have been advised to play an active role on issues of family planning if safe motherhood is to be achieved in the country, National Coordinator for Initiative on Safe Motherhood Chimwemwe Chipungu has said.

Chipungu said this on Tuesday  in Lilongwe during the opening of a maternity waiting home at Area 25 health centre which has been built under the UNC maternal health project.

He said the attainment of safe motherhood in the country has been slowed down by the lack of participation from men who view the issue as a domain for women alone.

“Safe motherhood will only be possible if men change their attitude towards the issue. The perception that family planning has nothing to do with them is proving costly in the long run as it is resulting in bloated families,” said Chipungu.

Team leader for the UNC Project Dr Ann Phoya said they decided to make the donation of the maternal waiting home and an ambulance since it is in line with their project goals of ensuring that mothers give birth in the safest possible conditions.

“We know that the reduction maternal mortality is one of our major goals to come here, so we are looking at both the supply and demand side of services. Now on the demand side for maternal health we have mobilized chiefs through the health information campaign in which we go to the people with health messages.

“We engage the communities where we tell them on the importance of coming to deliver at the hospital and not waiting in their homes until the situation gets complicated. The other part of the part of the demand side is to make sure that mothers are accessing health facilities in a timely manner that is why we have built this maternity waiting home,” said Dr Phoya.

A total of MK5 million (about $10 000) has been pumped into the project which will also include a new labour ward at the hospital and a new ante-natal ward. Under the same project, UNC will also train health workers to address the problem of staff shortage at the health facility.

Presidential Advisor on safe motherhood Calista Mutharika said the opening of facilities like the waiting home is a step in the right direction as it gives hope to many mothers in the country who have for so long being denied of such services.

“The opening of the maternity waiting home is a milestone in itself, all pointers are there that we have started addressing the challenges that are being faced by mothers in tackling the issue of maternal deaths at the very root point,” said Mutharika.

She has also advised Malawians to maintain sizeable families as the increasing population is causing a serious strain of the service delivery like health.

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Phirilamatiya
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Kodi mai mungandipatse email address yanu kuti ndikuponyereni mau oti ndimakufunani? Osanama Bingu anali osankha akazi ngakhale anali wa jang’ala. Choonde mai nditumizireni.

UKBASE
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Madam Carista, your are fit to be a First Lady not the current one – nkhope ya current First Lady imatikumbusa Ethiopia tu.

kachimwa
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eeee mainu ndinu owoneka boooo,mukanakhala size yanga yoti mwendo wanga nkukwanamo ndikanati tikambilane,koma you are like my mum

Dineo
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talibo
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Anati, tibalane,tichulukane ngati mchenga wa kunyanja, anatero mulungu pouza adamu ndi hava munda mwa eden muja.

Phirilamatiya
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Kalista ndi mkazi wokongola. Moti ineyo ndimafuna nditaonana naye pafupi. Amandiwaza.

Zoona zake
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Ineso amandiwaza aise.

Quota system
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When politicians become safe motherhood coordinators. Calista, don’t bring back the outdated ideals of “TBAs”. Those people had their job description changed.

chatonda
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Wayambanso Calister Mutharika kusokosera? Abale give us a break.

drf
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Seriously speaking, , of these people mentioned, who SERIOUSLY QUALIFIES to be the Presidential Advisor on safe motherhood? Dr Mwale, Dr Phoya, Chipungu or Callister? I need your vote…….

Mr.Bambo
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Callista go to hell,you stole millions of tax payers money in the name of safe motherhood ambassordorship as your salary when your Bingu was alive.It pains me todate.

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