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 Supporting safe child delivery in rural Zambia

 

He conducts four monthly home visits to pregnant women in his community and accompanies those due for delivery to the rural health centre for safe delivery.

That is the routine of Mwape Lumbiya, 48, of Fibala village, Senior Chief Mushota’s Chiefdom of Luapula Province, in the Republic of Zambia. Lumbiya is one of the Community Action Group members (CAGs) who has been volunteering for AAH Zambia since the inception of the Community Led Prevention Initiative (COPI) project in 2014. His desire to save his community came about in 2008, when he witnessed the death of a woman as a result of maternal complications.

 

AAH Zambia Lumbiya injecting patient

Lumbiya attending to a patient

 

Lumbiya applied to volunteer and became one of the 100 CAG members who received training in family planning, antenatal care, counselling and testing, safe motherhood and how to conduct mobile outreach services in the community. With knowledge and skills from the training, Lumbiya is supporting efforts to ensure no pregnant woman delivers at home. He conducts home visits to reach out to women who cannot access antenatal services due to long distances to the health facilities. He visits 3-5 pregnant women in a month and encourages women living in hard to reach areas to move to a health facility a month before their due date for delivery.

 


 Conducting home visits to reach out to pregnant women who cannot access antenatal services 


 

He explains that among the challenges he faced in his work was to get men involved in reproductive health issues.

 

“It was difficult to have males involved in accessing sexual reproductive health (SRH) and Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (eMTCT) services because in rural areas such services are seen as a female issue. However, by constantly engaging traditional leaders to realise the importance of men working together with women to access these services, men have begun getting involved”

“Now we have seen more men accessing antenatal care services, family planning methods and VCT alongside their female partners during antenatal follow ups. They also take their children for under five clinics” adds Lumbiya

 

Lumbiya thanks Action Africa Help Zambia for the knowledge and skills he has acquired in his work. 

 

AAH Zambia is implementing interventions aimed at contributing to the elimination of new childhood HIV infections and reducing HIV related maternal deaths. Through these interventions, women of child bearing age and their spouses use modern family planning methods, pregnant women register for antenatal at least within 14 weeks of gestation, men get involved in reproductive health and eMTCT issues, and community members know their HIV status and disseminate messages on dangers of teen pregnancy to youths in schools and out of schools.

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