By Chifundo Nedi
MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-Journalist Association against AIDS (JournAIDS), Malawi Economic justice Network (MEJN) have emphasized the need for local communities to have improved child, adolescent and maternal health.
The two grouping have assured that will monitor and investing in Early years for Growth and Productivity project which is under Global Financing Facility (GFF).
This will improve health and nutrition of Malawian people especially children, adolescents , women and people living with HIV and AIDS.
This follows an observation that most Community Based Organizations (CBO) fail to make progress in improving health and nutrition of the above people.
The assurance was said during a media visit to a Mchinji based non-sponsored CBO known as Tapera.
Programs Manager for JournAIDS Dingani Mithi said the grouping will make sure that the funding for the project is used in line with the intended purposes so that through it there should be improvement in terms of health and nutrition of Malawian people.
Mithi added that is hoping that Community Based Child Care Centers (CBCCs) infrastructures are to be improved that children should be safe during rainy season hence reducing drop outs.
“Our aim is to follow up the processes of Global Financing Facility projects in terms of bringing quality infrastructures and promoting good health among children so that the lives of children are transformed” he said.
Chairlady for Tapera CBO Philipina Tembo said community members established Tapera CBO with an aim of promoting early childhood development, safe motherhood and fighting against HIV and AIDS.
She observed that child and maternal health are major challenges hence the need for organizations to focuses on improvement of child, maternal and people living with HIV and AIDS’s health.
Tapera CBO has managed to benefit over 150 people including the 80 under five children which they have at their CBCC.
Malawi launched the GFF project in 2018 in order to improve health and nutrition of Malawian people especially women, children and adolescents
GFF is a facility whose vision is to contribute to universal health coverage by supporting actions to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths but improve the health and quality of life of these people.
Currently, the GFF and World bank are funding the project called Investing in early years for growth and productivity which is targeting 13 districts in Malawi.