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CHIVUNDULA RLC THRIVES IN PREPARING EXPECTANT WOMEN: A STORY OF FLORA BANDA

THROUGH ; Health Communication for Life ( HC4L )

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

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Flora Banda is a 41 year old mother of five children living in Group Village Headman (GVH) Chivundula, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chilowamatambe in Kasungu district. She is married to a polygamous man who has another wife and children.

From the time she started her motherhood some decades ago, Flora has not been able to prepare herself well for her baby because of lacking support from her husband. Some members of Chivundula Radio Listening Club (RLC) noted that Flora was pregnant and prepared a home visit to Flora's house with a safe-motherhood message. Chivundula RLC is one of the RLCs that were revamped in 2017 under a USAID Malawi funded project called, Health Communication for Life (HC4L), which is a Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) project that seeks to improve the health seeking practices of the rural masses to foster service health uptake.

Using the Wheel of life saving practices chart which helps to trigger conversation on good health behaviour practices, the members enlightened Flora together with her husband on the need to get prepared for the coming baby.

"We advised them how important it is to have all the materials ready at hand before delivery. Some of these materials are: wrapping cloth, soap, transport money and other necessities. We also taught them the need to eat a balanced diet daily, for the woman to be health and give birth to a healthy baby," said Chavundila RLC members "The couple adopted the lessons, and then we gave them a wheel of life saving practice chart as a daily reminder to flora and her husband," said Catherine Nkhoma who is the Chairperson for Chilowamatambe RLC.

The advice did not go in vain as Flora and her husband put into practice what they were taught by the RLC. They bought all the necessities to prepare for their fifth daughter which they named Liconess.

"Ever since I got married, I never thought preparing for the new born was a task for a man, I thought it was the responsibility of a woman carrying the baby, but the coming of the radio listening club members to our house, has been an eye opener because I am now able to see my role as a husband." Narrated the husband.

Story By: Michael Tcheula