National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust, in partnership with WaterAid Malawi, has embarked on a project called Deliver Life which seeks to eliminate premature deaths in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Kasungu yesterday after meeting with women groups from six different impact areas, Nice project coordinator Enock Chinkhuntha said the aim of the project is to enhance maternal and neo-natal health and also ensure that people have access to potable water.
“Issues of maternal health largely impact negatively on women and that is why we want our women to have a voice as far as these issues are concerned.
“The women we are meeting today will form action groups so that they can speak with a united voice on issues that affect them and [the] children they deliver,” said Chinkhuntha.
He added that the project will also touch on governance to ensure transparency and accountability in the delivery of services by service providers.
Said Chinkhuntha : “In the districts that the project will be implemented, we will have other service providers who will be constructing health facilities and providing boreholes.
“As Nice, we will be interested to see how best they are being provided in terms of quality of work and also to see to what extent are citizens participating”.
Deliver Life Project will run for three years in Kasungu, Nkhotakota and Machinga with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID).