1,000 Days Programs Implemented in Four THP-Malawi Epicenters in 2012

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Update to the Global Board

October 2012

During 2012, THP-Malawi inaugurated Kachindamoto Epicenter which is underwritten by investors in the Netherlands (pictured). A health center was also opened at Kachindamoto and is providing basic health care to community members. THP-Malawi followed this busy period by re-aligning its priorities with the four Strategic Initiatives. The 1,000 Days initiative was put into practice through improved child nutrition and sexual reproductive health campaigns in four of the eight epicenters (Mpingo, Jali, Nsondole, Nchalo). Furthermore, discussions to reposition THP-Malawi’s national office from Blantyre to the capital city of Lilongwe for effective networking and resource mobilization have been on-going and are now in their advanced stage.
 
Accomplishments
 
  • Kachindamoto Inauguration: Kachindamoto Epicenter was officially inaugurated by Board members from the Ribbink Foundation, the Dutch underwriter of the epicenter. The function was attended by a parliament representative for the area, Kachindamoto’s traditional authority and Dedza district assembly officials. The epicenter health center also opened on the day of the inauguration and is being operated by the Government of Malawi as a non-paying health center. Partners are now able to access and receive health attention that includes basic disease treatment, clinic services for children under five and family planning services.
  • 1,000 Days Initiative: This initiative was implemented in the epicenters through awareness campaigns on safe motherhood, new mother-to-mother (M2M) support groups on safe motherhood and child nutrition campaigns.
  • Staff Development: At a continental level, three THP-Malawi staff members (Country Director, Finance Office, Program Officer) participated in the Africa Conference in Burkina Faso which prioritized epicenter self-reliance by 2015 as THP-Africa migrates from allocation-based budgeting to program-based budgeting. At a country level, all staff, including epicenter staff, underwent a strategic repositioning with facilitation by a consultant as THP-Malawi prepares a move to the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. At an epicenter level, 10 out of the 11 epicenter staff successfully underwent a motorbike riding course and obtained valid riding licenses. This follows the purchase of one motorbike for each epicenter (in 2011) with the exception of Kachindamoto Epicenter (to be purchased in 2013), which will enable easy travel for epicenter staff within the partner communities.

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