Gertrude Kaukonde is a young woman aged 24 and hails from Chikwekwe Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlumbe in Zomba district. Gertrude has two children, a boy and a girl. She is one of the beneficiaries of USAID Malawi funded project through FHI360, Health Communication for Life (HC4L), in her village which is implemented by Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM).
During an interview, Kaukonde admitted that before HC4L project was introduced in her village, people were not aware of the significance of visiting the hospital at early stages (months) of their pregnancy and that most women were not giving birth at the hospital in her village.
“After giving birth, most of the women, including myself were not following the steps which are elaborated on the wheel of best life practices,” she added.
After the introduction of HC4L project by CRECCOM, many women’s lives, including Kaukonde, changed on how to take care of themselves when they are pregnant until they give birth. they started taking foods that had six groups of food nutrients, going to the hospital for Antinantal Care (ANC) with their spouses and also observing hygiene rules around their homes, just to mention a few.
Kaukonde received a Wheel of Life Saving Practices and members of Sitima Radio Listening Club (RLC) advised her on how to use the Wheel of life saving Practices.
Sitima RLC was established and trained in 2017 in order to disseminate Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) messages at Chikwekwe Village, T/A Mlumbe in Zomba district.
Kaukonde follows the Wheel of Life Saving Practices and her family is happy because it provides a room for child spacing and has encouraged her husband to assist her in taking care of their baby.