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CRECCOM EMPOWERS PEOPLE IN MULANJE THROUGH ITS HC4L PROJECT

THROUGH ; Health Communication for Life ( HC4L )

This Project is sponsored by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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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, Karonga, Chitipa, Nkhata Bay, Chikwawa, and Salima 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 wheel of life saving practices, and targeting community sensitization meetings to reach pregnant couples, adolescents and caretakers of under five children. These are planned and conducted by Radio Listening Clubs (RLCs) and Community Theatre Groups which were revamped and established by CRECCOM, which is a Sub-Contractor in the Consortium of key project implementers primed by FHI360.

In September 2019, HC4L Project Officer for Mulanje district, Roselyn Chunda, was accompanied by Sub Contractor Officer - FHI360, Lusayo Gondwe, to meet and orient Tadala RLC from Group Village Head (GVH) Fundi on the wheel of life saving practices. After orientation, they were assigned to identify households for the wheel of practice exercise.

While in the course of household identification, Fyness Friday, 20, from John Village, GVH Fundi, approached them for advice concerning her pregnancy. She missed her monthly period and was in doubt that she could be pregnant. The two officers advised her to meet the Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) responsible for her village for proper advice pertaining her situation.

Fyness who is married to Fraxion Friday, 30, has a 2 year and 3 months old child. She was enrolled for Family Planning and opted for injection after the birth of the child. She has been on injection for a year and in May 2019, the husband started pushing for a second child.

This brought misunderstanding between Fyness and her husband which made the husband to confiscate her passport and resulting in missing her injection in June 2019. However, in August and September 2019, she also noted her monthly flow again. This made Fyness to seek assistance from her friends from Tadala RLC as they were conducting home visits. They referred her to the HSA, Mervis Jackson, who works with the club and advised her to go for pregnancy test.

In November 2019, Fyness was found negative and advised to come the next month for the same test again in fear that it could be the effects of the injection. In December 2019, she was found positive and enrolled for Antenatal services.

Fyness then updated members of Tadala RLC on the aftermaths of her doubts and they congratulated her. She then informed Tadala RLC which brought her a wheel of life saving practices and pasted it on the wall of inside her house. The club members explained to her on how it works.

The club sensitized Fraxion on his role as a husband and encouraged him to support the wife during this period. This year in January 2020, he went together with the wife and testified how welcoming nurses were at Thuchila health centre.

"Women who go with their husbands are treated with respect. They are the ones who are attended first and others without husbands come last. We were advised on how best to support a pregnant wife and on other relevant things to outsource as we wait for the baby," said Fraction.

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