A German foundation Chikondis e.V has asked key players in the health sector and individuals to work together in improving access to safe maternal health services to reduce maternal deaths.
Speaking in an interview when unveiling the foundation’s plans for Malawi on Monday, head of the board Swantje Luethge, who is in the country, said it has been proven that collaborative effort can save lives of pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.
She said her foundation wants to promote team work in maternal health and ensure that pregnancy issues are not only for women.
“Let safe motherhood be an issue of both the wife and husband. This has been said before, but it is not being absorbed in the society. We need team work. Until this is done, we will not register many maternal mortality cases.
“Even abortion cases will be reduced because from my experience as a midwife, most bad decisions are made when one is working in isolation. This is why Malawi needs Chikondis e.V,” said Luethge.
She said her foundation will be constructing its first modern maternity clinic in the Southern Region and it will operate as a model for their formula.
“It is a big facility and it will, among other things, offer family planning services, antenatal and prenatal services, nutrition and HIV and Aids testing and counselling. Government has accepted the project and we will roll out the construction shortly,” she said.