Lilongwe ,White Ribbon Alliance says the advocacy training they imparted on midwives from various health facilities in the country is having a positive effect on various communities in the country.
In 2016, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood trained 29 midwives in advocacy to enable them bring to light challenges facing their profession that hinders the provision of quality maternity care to expectant women in the country.
In an Interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Communications Officer for White Ribbon Alliance, Enock Mnyenyembe said the training was designed to give the midwives a platform to express challenges they face in discharging their duties so that expectant women in the country are able to get quality care.
Since the training, we have been doing follow ups on the same through citizen hearings to gauge the trainings effectives in the communities. So far, the responses we have been getting are encouraging. The provision of maternity care in health facilities has also improved according to the reports, said Mnyenyembe.
One of the beneficiaries of the training, Luke Chiwala, a midwife based at Machinga District Hospital described the training as eye opening on how they can express issues relating to maternity better to the communities we work in and the country as a whole.
We also got some basic journalism training which enables us to write articles about maternity care. We have also been conducting some radio interviews to talk about respectful maternity care. Some of our articles are published on White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood global social media platform. We have also been educating the communities about the rights of expectant women and now they are able to demand quality maternity care, he said.
Chiwala however pointed out that quality maternity care is directly linked to the number of midwives available to provide the services which is a big challenge in the country.
Last year White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood conducted a study which revealed a huge shortage of midwives in the country a situation which is denying thousands of expectant women quality maternity care. White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is a global organization that advocates for safe motherhood. Its Malawi office started operating in 2002.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA