Communities in the two Central Region Districts of Kasungu and Dowa have hailed CARE Malawi for successfully winding up its project aimed at improving the nutrition status of under-five children and pregnant plus lactating women in the selected traditional authorities in Dowa and Kasungu.
Speaking in summary of the whole project, Traditional authority Mwase of Kasungu commended CARE for the three year project which was dubbed Maziko Project, saying it has played a big role in promoting good nutrition and hygiene practices.
“I appeal to the volunteers that worked with CARE to continue reminding people about the practices promoted by MAZIKO so that mothers, pregnant women and under-five children are well nourished for healthy communities,” said Mwase.
On her part, one of the beneficiaries of the project Matilda Kuphanga of TA Dzoole in Dowa said during the three years of Maziko project, she has become a living testimony of how good nutrition for a pregnant woman and lactating mother can help ensure improved child health.
“I used what I learnt from the project while I was pregnant and lactating. As a result of this my child is one of the healthiest under five children in my community,” testified Kuphanga.
Kuphanga said being a member of a Village Saving and Loan (VSL) group, she is able to earn income to make sure that her family has access to all the six food groups.
Speaking on behalf of CARE Malawi, Geofrey Kumwenda who is the Program Director for CARE Malawi, saluted Traditional Leaders, community volunteers, government and the donor for supporting the project to achieve its intended objectives.
“We have seen reduction in stunting and underweight among under-five children in areas where MAZIKO project was implemented. This is as a result of collaborative effort of different stakeholders,” Kumwenda said while appealing to community members to sustain the interventions started by MAZIKO project.
Maziko was a three year project funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and implemented in partnership with Mponela AIDS Counseling Information Centre and Maleza.