Bvumbwe Health Centre is located along the M2 Road in Thyolo district, some 23 kilometres from Blantyre. The first thing one notices once inside the health facility is people sitting or sleeping on the lawn close to the health centre’s main gate. Then one is hit by the sounds of a hospital—crying babies afraid of needles.
Every 1-7 August, the world commemorates World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this year’s week is “empower parents, enable breastfeeding”. Breastfeeding is a vital part of providing every child with the healthiest start to life.
Patson Kadyankoni, 34, dreamed of becoming a reverend when he was a child. As he finished his secondary school, he pivoted towards nursing instead. Now, seated in the consultation room at Mtakataka Health Centre, he is a trusted nurse midwife. Dressed in a neat white nursing suit, he attends to pregnant and new mothers every day, helping keep them healthy and save lives.
Sigele Kalino (in blue), a mentor mother at work. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Rebecca Phwitiko By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi A woman sits in a circle with mothers and pregnant women. They are at a health centre. She smiles as she speaks to the women. “You too can live a happy fulfilling life like us,” Mentor mother … Continue reading Kudziulura: The power of disclosure in coping with an HIV diagnosis