Malawi safe-motherhood initiative to train 1000 girls as midwives

The Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood has said it intends to train over 1000 girls as community midwives in the next two years to be deployed in their home villages for the reduction of child and maternal mortality rates in the country.

“We want to help government on shortage of staff that rocks our health sector,” said Senior Chief Kwataine, chairperson of the initiative, Tuesday.

He added: “It is also a girls’ empowerment initiative if you choose to look at it from that angle. We’re helping out many girls in the country who face challenges in accessing tertiary education.”

Kwataine said currently they have 300 girls in the country’s colleges of health sciences pursuing their studies in the field of nursing and midwifery.

Chief Kwataine with President Joyce Banda: Wants to take safe-motherhood to another level
Chief Kwataine with President Joyce Banda: Wants to take safe-motherhood to another level

“We would like them to replace the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) who have little education backgrounds and don’t have the requisite skills for the profession,” he said.

Presidenr Banda has championed safe-motherhood from the time she was still vice president of the republic of Malawi.

When she became president following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in 2012, Banda intensified her efforts towards the cause, a thing that has earned her international acclaim.

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