Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) has expressed optimism that the mother care group model introduced in Likoma will be a success in immunisation of mothers and babies against polio, tuberculosis, measles and other diseases.
Speaking during the introduction and election of mother care group at Yofu in group village head Mpima in the island district, Mhen programme manager Davies Mwachumu said he was overwhelmed with the response received.
“The response from the mother care groups here is encouraging, especially considering that this is the first time we are introducing this model in the district.
“The women look organised, motivated and eager to learn,” he said.
“Literacy levels among these women are overwhelming and I have no doubt that after training them, they will do a good job.”
Mwachumu said the major role of care groups is to encourage women to get immunised and also have their children immunised to achieve zero-default rate.
Yoma Women Care Group chairperson Patricia Dilisha said she was happy with the initiative.
“There are some women who neglect immunisation. Many of them discontinue immunisation soon after giving birth. I hope we will be able to narrow the default rate,” she said.
Likoma district medical officer Wongani Mzumara said a healthy Malawi depends on immunisation of women and children against preventable diseases. n