Caregivers Seek More Training to Boost Vaccinations
MZIMBA, Malawi— Chairperson for Ching’ambo Mother Care Givers (MCG) Joyce Simwanza has asked for more training from stakeholders for the group to effectively promote antenatal patronage and vaccine uptake among under-5 children in Mzimba North, writes Blessings Kaunda.
She made the remarks Tuesday at Ching’ambo in Mzuzu on the sidelines of a refresher training Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhem) organized for the group.
“We had our first and only training in 2019. We are thankful for today’s refresher training which has imparted us with skills to improve our capacity,” Simwanza said.
She further asked for provision of resources to help in operations of duties in various areas.
“We don’t have resources like uniform hence failing to work in a manner that people would trust us. Some people do not recognize us,” she said.
Nonetheless Simwanza promised to ensure that no Under-5 child is left unvaccinated and that pregnant mothers for regular prenatal check-ups.
Zolozolo East Ward senior block leader Gracium Maona equaled with Simwanza saying empowering women by provision of resources would see the group’s objectives being fulfilled.
He commended the women saying a healthy community results in a productive country because people are free from disease.
He called for coordination among the Mother Care Givers and the block leaders for the intervention to produce the required results.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Mhem, Florence Khonyongwa said Mother Care Groups have played an important role in raising awareness about on polio and Misceles vaccinations.
“They were last trained in 2019 so we thought of reminding them their work considering they have gone three years without any training. We believe that they will continue promoting health issues in this area,” she said.
She said Ching’ambo is one of 281 groups her organization is working with in Mzimba North and that some of them are yet to be given uniforms.
The training is part of Mhen’s six-year Health System and Immunization Strengthening project being implemented in Mzimba North with support from Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation-GAVI.