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MAGRET MAJIGA LEADS BY EXAMPLE ON THE WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES IN MULANJE DISTRICT

THROUGH ; Health Communication for Life ( HC4L )

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

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  • MAGRET MAJIGA LEADS BY EXAMPLE ON THE WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES IN MULANJE DISTRICT
  • MAGRET MAJIGA LEADS BY EXAMPLE ON THE WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES IN MULANJE DISTRICT
  • MAGRET MAJIGA LEADS BY EXAMPLE ON THE WHEEL OF LIFE SAVING PRACTICES IN MULANJE DISTRICT
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Magret Majiga, 20, from Kajumbo Village, Group Village Head Head (GVH) Sazola, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka in Mulanje district is a young mother who gave birth to a baby girl named Glory in January this year. Being her first pregnancy, Magret came across various misconceptions on how bad it is to take care of herself and the unborn baby.

She could not register for Ante-Natal Care (ANC) services on time as she was afraid of being laughed at by her friends who believes that nobody goes for ANC services without new clothes and wrappers. Her husband, Blessings Majiga is a member of Sazola Radio Listening Club (RLC) and assisted his wife in ensuring that she registers for ANC.

After missing a month of her menstrual flow, the husband encouraged Magret to go for pregnancy test as stipulated on the wheel of Life serving practices. Since the family benefits from Moyo ndi Mpamba programs through Sazola RLC, they carried out the pregnancy test which turned out to be positive. Magret was then given a date as to when to go for ANC service. Together with her husband, they went for ANC service and were sensitized on how to take care of the unborn child and materials to prepare for delivery.

To ensure that Magret is reminded of the Wheel of life saving practices she must follow during her pregnancy, the family pasted it on the wall inside their house. Since they could not assess themselves, other members of Sazola RLC volunteered to be visiting the family for assessment. The family also used to sleep without a mosquito net due to financial constraints. However, they were given a mosquito net during the first ANC visit and started using it.

During the home visits, the family was encouraged to eat six food groups three times in a day. She delivered a bouncing baby girl weighing 3.2 kgs. Magret now continues to use the Wheel of life saving practices even in the absence of the volunteers.

Story By: Roselyn Chunda