By Brino Kayanga Mwale.
The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood_ Malawi ( WRASM) has said it is committed to advocate for supportive supervision and mentorship to midwives in the country’s health facilities for them to be able to provide quality care to mothers of reproductive age.
The organisation’s country coordinator, Nancy Kamwendo said for Malawi women, newborns and Adolescents to have quality care, there’s need for more human resources and improving the availability of competent and motivated Human Resource Management( HRM) is a major priority of the National Health policy.
However, Kamwendo asked the midwives not to remain silence with issues in their heart but voicing out their concerns to the media for government, stakeholders and NGOs to listen and act to their outcries.
Speaking during a discussion which brought together clinicians, midwives and White Ribbon Alliance held at the Dowa District Hospital, Kamwendo said the media is a powerful instrument to disseminate their concerns saying suffering in silence will be putting more lives of women and newborns in danger as they will not be provided with good quality care.
Kamwendo said her organisation engage the media as part of its advocacy for quality services in the health facilities urging midwives and clinicians not to fear of being publicised saying what is paramount is the issue at hand, has reached out to many for actions.
She said members of the general public only look at the negatives than positive stories for midwives saying to defeat this, all have a duty to play to ensuring that their voices are heard.
The coordinator gave an example of Mponela Rural Hospital which has no toilet in the maternity ward saying its a challenge to see a midwife running to his or her house to answer the call of nature while a woman is waiting to be provided for with quality care.
Kamwendo said issues in the labour ward such as concentrators, weighing scale and BP machines need to be brought out to the attention of the media inorder to advocate for a change.
She said White Ribbon Alliance is also advocating for accountability structures, Health care management systems to be trained in the health facilities so that they know their roles and responsibilities for them to be good advisors making quality health care services to mothers and Adolescents of reproductive age a success.
In his remarks, Dowa District Nursing Officer, Davie Bester Machika, thanked the White Ribbon Alliance for holding such a discussion saying it has come at an opportune time when midwives are subjected to long hours of work.
Machika expressed hope that with the knowledge and skills gain, they have been sharpened that their rights are being fought for by the health rights bodies.
The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood_ Malawi ( WRASM) will be implementing a _ 5 year project called Quality, Equity and Dignified reproductive, maternal, Newborn and adolescents in the areas of Traditional Authorities Msakambewa and Kayembe after a successful completion of its first project, Health Plus in the area of Traditional Authority Mponela in Dowa.