The Ministry of Health on Wednesday awarded Chitipa District Hospital and Nthalire Health Centre a ‘reproductive health shield’ in recognition of quality reproductive services and sanitation.
The awards, jointly organised with Plan Malawi and Support Service Delivery and Integration (SSDI), also recognise strides in the fight against malaria and unintended pregnancies.
In 2012, SSDI and Plan embarked on a project worth $96 million (about K6 billion) to better health outcomes through training, clinical mentoring and increased community participation.
Chitipa’s health facilities emerged star performers in reducing maternal deaths and complications through participation of communities and use of traditional leaders as safe motherhood champions.
Acting principal secretary for health Chimwemwe Banda commended Chitipa and Nthalire for exceptional steps to prevent maternal deaths and sanitation-related diseases.
Plan Malawi programme manager Thoko Lisunje described the health project in the border districts of Chitipa and Karonga as successful because of strong ties between health workers , community members and traditional leaders.
SSDI deputy chief of party Deliwe Malemia pronounced Chitipa and Nthalire centres of excellence in maternal health service delivery as there was no pregnancy-related death reported last year.
According to Chitipa district health officer Ted Bandawe, about 3 200 women delivered at the hospital in 2016. n