Zambian’s vice-president’s wife Charlotte Scot has drawn best practices from Malawi’s safe motherhood initiative hailing it as the best.
The wife to Guy, arrived in Malawi on Monday on a three-day visit, which saw her attending the launch of maternity waiting home built by Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited at Dowa District Hospital by President Joyce Banda.
“I must commend Malawi for the reduction of deaths of women coming as a result of giving birth to another life,” said Scot in an interview.
Sixteen women die daily in Malawi due to pregnancy-related complications. As a result, government established the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood which is chaired by Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine.
“One of the best practices that I have learnt from the Malawi’s safe motherhood drive is the usage of chiefs as lead persons in the fight against maternal deaths. We will do the same in Zambia.
“We will also consider holding exchange visits for the two countries’ safe motherhood teams to learn from each. In that way, we will further reduce maternal deaths,” she said.
Meanwhile, Madame Scot paid President Banda a courtesy call on Wednesday before leaving for Lusaka.