World Vision Japan and World Vision Malawi will on Thursday launch a three-year project that will assist in improving access to health facilities in the area of maternal and child health.
The project will be implemented in Ntchisi and aims at increasing access for mothers and children to improved health facilities. It will be implemented under the framework of the Grant Aid for Japanese NGO Project.
According to World Vision Malawi national director, Marko Ngwenya said the project is in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number 4 and 5 which target to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
“The objective of this project is to improve the health status of women of child bearing age and children under the age 2 in Ntchisi district by 2015,” Ngwenya said.
He appealed to communities to use health facilities in order to avoid maternal deaths.
“Let us save the lives of mothers and babies by encouraging the family to use health facilities to prevent avoidable deaths for a better Malawi,” he explained.
The project will be implemented by World Vision Japan in partnership with World Vision Malawi under the cooperation of the Ministry of Health.
It will, during the first year, construct two maternity wings at Khuwi and Mndinda health centres in the district.
World Vision began working in Malawi in 1982 with community infrastructure projects including schools and water systems. By 1992, World Vision had established long-term community based area development programmes. It is now helping close to one million people.
Currently, the organisation is working with communities in 26 districts through 44 long-term Area Development Programmes (ADPs).