WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES –A BRIDGE OF INFORMATION GAP TO RURAL MASSES

As young mothers living in rural areas, there is a big problem when it comes to accessing health information when they are pregnant, during delivery, and even after the birth of the baby. One will notice that a pregnant woman is not going together with her husband to a nearby health facility to receive important health-related information such as the importance of sleeping under a mosquito net, eating food that is rich in six groups of food nutrients, hygiene, and sanitation, and other important health information.

One of the women is Rose Nkhoma who lives at Mafela Village, Group Village Head Mateyu. She is 36 and married to Wyson Nkhoma who is 42 years of age. Rose used to go to a clinic all alone to receive health messages during the time she was pregnant. Her husband used to be busy at the farm taking care of their crops since they depend on farming for a living. With the coming in of Health Communication for Life (HC4L) project with Moyo ndi Mpamba campaign, Nkhoma’s family was educated on the importance of going for Antenatal services together as a couple during and after the birth of a baby.

“My husband now escorts me to the clinic every month,” said Rose

Rose benefitted from Moyo ndi Mpamba through Chikondi Radio Listening Club which identified and approached her house where she was given a wheel of life-saving practices and advised to paste it on the wall of her house to avoid it from being destroyed.

“ I am now able to follow all the advice I was taught by Chikondi RLC. I used to think that a pregnant woman is supposed to go to the clinic all alone up until the RLC approached my house. I now go to Wimbe health center with my husband and receive all the necessary information,” said Rose.

Rose also said that they never slept under a mosquito net but with the health advice her family received from Wimbe Health Centre following the pieces of advice they received from Chkondi RLC on the importance of going to the clinic, the family now sleeps under a mosquito net.

Already more than 60% of humanity lives in areas of water stress, where the supply of water cannot or will not continue to meet demand. If water is not managed more prudently – from source, to tap, and back to the source – the observed today will become the
catastrophes of tomorrow

According to the water sector report for Malawi, in Malawi, there is a growing national demand for water resources and concern about its availability due to national population growth and dwindling water sources, particularly during the dry season hence there is a need for better management of the water resources. The government has placed a high priority on irrigation and water resources management to ensure food and water security at the household level through among other things enhancing water-harvesting technologies, promoting catchment protection and management including disaster risk reduction measures.

Eighty-five percent of the national population has access to improved water sources. However,
on (Social Development Grows) SDGs indicators, the trend shows a slight decline for safely managed sources from 20.3% in 2017-18 to 18.4% in 2018-19 which is attributed to damage caused by floods and drought which
casts some doubt if Malawi is to achieve the SDG’s. Currently, water resources development
accompanying rapid water demand in urban and peri-urban areas due to rapid population growth
is a serious problem in Malawi. The total Malawian population increased by 35% between 2008 and2018 representing an intercensal growth rate of 2.9% per annum and for Lilongwe city, it is 3.8% and Blantyre city 2.0% according to National Statistics Office (NSO), 2018

Wyson added that he can escort her wife to Wimbe health center and receive health information.

“Importance of washing hands with soap and clean water soon after visiting the toilet, and even having a lead for the toilet is also very important for ones’ health it prevents the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases,” said Wyson.

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