USAID health project wins support
Nyimba , June 7,2013, ZANIS…..Chiefs in Nyimba district of eastern
province have welcomed a USAID funded project which aims at improving
the health of pregnant women and under five children.
Chieftainess Mwape said the programme which was sensitizing rural
communities on issues relating to safe motherhood had empowered her
subjects with knowledge on good health practices.
Chieftainess Mwape said more women were now seeking health care services
at medical institutions saying initially they were reluctant to
deliver in clinics.
She was speaking today during an orientation workshop aimed at promoting
Safe motherhood in the district.
She said the Communication Support for Health Project came at the
right time to address the health problems affecting women.
She urged her subjects to support the project during the
implementation and also advised key players to work together to make
sure that the project achieved the intended goals for which it was
And Communication Support for Health Coordinator Maggie Sinkamba told
ZANIS in an interview in Nyimba that her organization
entered into a partnership with the government after a needs
assessment revealed that there was need to intervene in the area of
communication about safe motherhood.
Mrs Sinkamba said that prominent among the issues noted were that
mothers covered long distances to rural health centers, poor communication
between men and women about family planning and late booking for
She added that Change Champions would also advocate to government and
other partners for the construction of more health facilities and
mothers waiting shelters to increase access to antenatal care.
She further said the project which was expected to contribute to the
reduction of the maternal mortality rate which stands at 591, to 161
by the year 2015, had also been launched in Kalomo, Mansa and Lundazi
The Communication Support for Health Project which was launched
recently under the Saving Mother Initiative.