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Chiawa Receives Wheels Of Healing

September 25th, 2014 by Posted in Countries, English, Zambia

On Friday 5 September 2014, Oxfam launched an exciting health advocacy initiative at Kambale Rural Health Centre in Chiawa Chiefdom.

The launch was attended by Clinical Officers, Community Health Workers, representatives of the Kafue District Commissioner Office and Cheiftainess Chiawa as well as Kafue District Medical Officer Dr. Munga.

Speaking during the event, Oxfam’s Essential Services Coordinator Mrs. Monica Mutesa said that the new initiative will focus on improving health sensitization activities in the community by strengthening the involvement of community health workers and reinforcing maternal health. She said, “through our partner TALC (Treatment, Advocacy and Learning Campaign), we intend to train more than 20 Safe Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs) and Neighbourhood Health Committees (NHCs) in lobbying and advocacy, conducting health service delivery monitoring and budget tracking in order to hold service providers and government accountable”.

Mrs. Mutesa also handed over 30 bicycles and 60 T-Shirts to Chiawa and Kambale Rural Health Centres to address the challenge of transportation Community Health Workers (CHWs) face in Chiawa. She said, “in the next few weeks, Oxfam will support both health centres with 2 motorcycles for medical staff and construct a mother’s shelter”.

In response, the District Administration Officer Mr. Ngoma thanked Oxfam and the Swedish Embassy for playing an important role in the fight against HIV/AIDS and reducing maternal and child health. He said,” On behalf of the District Commissioner and the Zambian government, I commend you for working on this important issue and I can assure you that we will follow the implementation of this intervention with keen interest, as it will make a big difference in the lives of the people in Chiawa particularly, women and children”.

The District Medical Officer, Dr. Munga said that bicycles will help to solve the challenge of long distances in Chiawa as the villages are far apart. He said, “these bicycles will make our work easier as we will now be able to start our sensitization programmes, encourage pregnant women to give birth at health centres not at home and also use them as transport for patients who are unable to walk to the health centres”.

Chieftainess Chiawa’s Representative Mr. Sakala thanked Oxfam for the work it has been doing over the years to improve lives in Chiawa such as empowering women to start the successful banana irrigation project and conducting numerous training programmes on health, anti – gender based violence, agriculture markets and entrepreneurship.

He also urged the care givers to take care of the bicycles and only use them for the intended purpose.

Royce Hazinga – Community Health Worker for 10 years

‘For a long time, women did not come to the clinic for antenatal. They preferred delivering at home. In most cases, this resulted in complications even death.’

‘Now, after teaching them the importance of these issues, I am happy to say that more women are coming to the health centre to start antenatal from 12 Weeks.’

‘I am so happy about these bicycles. Transport and long distances are the main problems here but with this bicycle, I will be able to visit and encourage more people to come to the health centre for proper treatment of diseases like Tuberculosis, Chicken Pox, AIDS, Malaria and also and encourage parents to take children for weighing and vaccines.’

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