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Mhango (C) shakes councillor Namakhwa as Kunje (R) looks on 1

Mobile Maternity Clinic Opens in Malawi

Malawi The Nation

July 6, 2016
This article was originally published in Malawi: The Nation and written by Watipaso Mzungu

Lilongwe City Council has rolled out mobile maternal and child health services targeting low income families living in and around Chinsapo I and II.

The Lilongwe City Council Deputy Director of Health, Catherine Kunje, said that the launch of the mobile clinic came in response to a request from Chinsapo II Ward councillor Christopher Namakhwa.

Two weeks ago, Namakhwa asked Lilongwe District Health Officer and other players in the health sector to consider introducing mobile maternal and child health clinic services in the area.

He was speaking at a community sensitisation on midwifery campaign conducted by the White Ribbon Alliance Malawi in partnership with the National Initiative for Civic Education Trust to influence government recognition of midwives, to encourage midwives to provide respectful maternity care services, and also for communities to demand for these kinds of services.

The councillor said that "Much as people appreciate the importance of maternal and child health services, prohibitive charges at private hospitals and long distances to public health facilities are preventing women from accessing the services."

Namakhwa said the distance from Chinsapo Ward to Bwaila Hospital is seven kilometers -- a very long distance for patients to walk.

In her remarks, Kunje added that the council intervened to reduce challenges that expectant women face to access hospital care in the area, and urged the communities to utilise the clinic, which will be taking place at Makesha Health Centre every Friday."

Christina Mhango, one of the mothers who attended the first mobile clinic, hailed the initiative saying that it will help reduce maternal and infant deaths in the area. Read The Full Article