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The Uchembere network is a partnership project implementing reproductive health and safe motherhood in the 3 synods of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). In the southern region of Malawi, the project is implemented in MMH catchment area with Blantyre Synod, Project HOPE, Eye of the Child, Banja la Mtsogolo and Mulanje District Health Office as partners.

The goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality ratios in Mulanje district. The project aims to improve the quality and accessibility of RH services, promote partnerships in the implementation of RH programmes and improve the referral of RH emergencies. Through this project, community structures that look into RH issues have been established, Traditional birth attendants have been encouraged to switch their roles from conducting deliveries in the community to becoming referral agents. In addition community groups have been empowered economically to be able to pay for community referrals to the hospital through the village and savings loan schemes. The project has also procured an ambulance that will be used for referral of RH emergencies.

Uchembere Open Day at Chisitu

There are various activities being implemented at community level to improve health seeking behaviour among community members. There are also activities that are hospital based such that the hospital is prepared to meet the demand created in the community. Various equipment was procured for the labour ward, health care providers have been oriented to the government set standards of RH service provision and some have been trained in customer care and client focus, to enable the hospital provide quality care to patients and clients.

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