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YOUNG COUPLE’S HEALTH LIFE IMPROVED

YOUNG COUPLE’S HEALTH LIFE IMPROVED
Jessie Gombe, 16, is one of the teen mothers in John village, Group Village Fundi in Mulanje district who is married to Francis Kapwepwe, 23, from the same village. The couple relies on farming to earn a living as they grow sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and maize. Despite being knowledgeable in farming, the health-related topic was a big problem that saw Tadala Radio Listening Club approaching them to fill the gap on knowledge on this issue. Jessie said that Tadala RLC approached her when she was only 5 months old pregnant and that she was given a wheel of life-saving practices, and later on, she...
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HC4L TRANSFORMS GETRUDE KAUKONDE’S LIFE

HC4L TRANSFORMS GETRUDE KAUKONDE’S LIFE
Gertrude Kaukonde, 32, is a mother of two children aged seven years and seven months. Living in a typical village of Chikwekwe, Traditional Authority Mlumbe, Zomba, Gertrude lacked knowledge on various health topics. She never went to the clinic to have Antenatal Care (ANC) services when she was pregnant with her first child. Even when she was pregnant, Gertrude did not know the signs and symptoms of pregnancy and mistook them for a headache. “When I was pregnant with my first child, both my husband and I did not know about it. We only thought it was a headache that would go away in a few hou...
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MBANGALA RLC REGISTERS SUCCESS IN HEALTH-SEEKING BEHAVIOR

MBANGALA RLC REGISTERS SUCCESS IN HEALTH-SEEKING BEHAVIOR
Community structures such as volunteers, health promoters, and Village Health Committees play a vital role in ensuring that societies change for the better. These structures advocating for health are slowly driving the health agenda by working collaborate to bring social change in their areas. The use of community structures such as Radio Listening Clubs and Community Theatre groups has proven to increase uptake of health messages in the most hard-to-reach areas. Government extension workers such as HSAs applaud the structures that the HC4L project used in its project citing that they have le...
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KASIYA RADIO LISTENING CLUB STRIVES TO END WATERBORNE DISEASES IN KASIYA

KASIYA RADIO LISTENING CLUB STRIVES TO END WATERBORNE DISEASES IN KASIYA
Kasiya Radio Listening Club (RLC) from Traditional Authority Wimbe, Group village headman Kasiya in Kasungu district is making great strides in ending waterborne diseases. It is one of the local structures working under the Health Communication for Life (HC4L); a social behavior change project that seeks to improve the health-seeking practices of rural masses to foster health service uptake. Established in 2017, the club is at the forefront ensuring that people in the area are well informed on health issues affecting them. While conducting their monthly community outreach meeting in November...
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WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES –A BRIDGE OF INFORMATION GAP TO RURAL MASSES

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 Hea...
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EDUCATED BY THE WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES

EDUCATED BY THE WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES
Enelesi Njazi, 18, is one of the youngest mothers at Yamwala Village, Group Village Head Yamwali in Kasungu  district. Enelesi is just like any other female in the village who got married to receive the type of love and support any mother desires. One thing which Enelesi did not receive as she was entering into her family with Yusufu Banda, 20, is knowledge on health-related topics on pregnant women and mothers who have children below the age of 5. “I and my husband did not have adequate knowledge that any pregnant couple is supposed to follow during, before, and after delivery of a bab...
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WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES INSPIRES NEWLY WEDS TO LIVE HEALTHY

WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES INSPIRES NEWLY WEDS TO LIVE HEALTHY
Esther Photolota, 27, who is married to Shadreck Saini was only six months pregnant when Yamwala RLC identified them as one of the beneficiaries of the wheel of life-saving practices family depends on tobacco and maize farming to earn money to support their family. Esther said that despite learning a lot of topics on what a pregnant woman needs to be doing at home, she still, together with her husband was missing a lot of health-related topics since their marriage is new. “I attended my secondary education at Kanyenda Community Day Secondary School (CDSS). During that time, I learned about t...
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‘I’M NOW MAN ENOUGH’ Community drama helps Dowa man realize the family obligation

‘I’M NOW MAN ENOUGH’  Community drama helps Dowa man realize the family obligation
Peter Mpuzela of Msitsa Village, Traditional Authority Chakhaza in Dowa district is aged 25 and married to Evelyn Archangel. This is a young couple that just got married in March 2018. The wife is now five months pregnant and goes to an ante-natal clinic at Chakhadza Health Centre. The husband is a mobile vendor who sells mangoes between Mponela and Dowa markets. Like many women, Evelyn started going to the antenatal clinic alone and life was just as normal. However, on 17th November 2018, Evelyn chanced a Hope Community Theatre Group performance on the importance of involving husbands in ant...
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THE WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES BOAST THE HEALTH OF ANNE’S FAMILY

THE WHEEL OF LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES BOAST THE HEALTH OF ANNE’S FAMILY
Through its Health Communication for Life (HC4L) project, Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) continues to disseminate health information in Lilongwe, Dowa, Ntcheu, Kasungu, Balaka, Zomba, Machinga, Mulanje, Mchinji, and Mangochi districts to increase adoption of health-seeking behaviors among Malawians in the districts. Among other activities being implemented namely targeting home visits to pregnant couples and lactating mothers using the wheel of life-saving practices, and targeting community sensitization meetings to reach pregnant couples, adolescents as well as caretake...
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WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES: A LITERACY TOOL ON HEALTH FOR MARGRET

WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES: A LITERACY TOOL ON HEALTH FOR MARGRET
Margret Mangala, 21, is from group Village Head Sazola, Traditional Authority  Mabuka in Mulanje district. Magret was only 2-month-old pregnant when Sazola Radio Listening Club (RLC) identified her at her home. Like any other girl in a rural area with less knowledge on health issues, Margret did not have enough information on the measures or regulations to be following to maintain her health and for the unborn baby to grow healthy. This includes going for Antenatal Care (ANC) care services at the hospital or clinic, sleeping in a mosquito net, having a toilet at her house, and other health is...
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