On this event, service providers also utilized this as an opportunity of bringing various health services closer to community members. Some of the health services rendered on the day were HIV counselling and testing (HCT), a total of 15 people utilized the service, more than 50 women got contraceptives (pills and Depo provera) and more than 1000 condoms were distributed to young and adult men for their protection. Knowing that we are being burdened with COVID 19 pandemic, the COVID 19 vaccine (Johnson Johnson) was also available at the site and at least 92 people had received the vaccine.
Various speeches that were delivered at the event were all targeting different categories of audiences that were present. Community members were encouraged to accept and take active roles on safe motherhood initiatives that are being implemented in the communities, avoid vandalism of health care structures and ensuring that every community member is able to enjoy his or her health rights through accessing health services delivered at the nearest health facility and those that are reaching them right away on their door steps. Community members were encouraged to continue working harder and volunteering in safe motherhood activities that are taking place in their communities. MNH and YFHS messages that were shared must be considered and utilized in a positive manner and shared beyond in order to reduce the existing knowledge gap on MNH and YFHS.
The Open day was a success, it was well organized, there was great coordination and achieved great turn up of community members of targeted groups. The district council and DHMT representatives commended MaiKhanda Trust for the technical and resource support towards MNH, CBMNC and YFHS programmes in the district. They acknowledged that Ministry of Health need partners support to achieve the best from programmes it is implementing in all districts in the country. MaiKhanda was further encouraged to scale out similar support to other health centers in the districts with similar messages through open days because it is one way of mass sensitization and building capacity to rural communities on issues regard MNH and YFHS.
MaiKhanda Trust is a Malawian non-governmental and nonprofit organization established and registered under Trustees Incorporation Act in 2006. MaiKhanda works with the Ministry of Health and all partners and stakeholders in Maternal and Neonatal Health service delivery.
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