Reach Out Mbuya organized a postnatal Care training on 21st May, targeting 80 lactating mothers and their partners from the three Reach Out Mbuya sites; Kinawataka, Banda and Mbuya.
Clinicians took the mothers through a number of important pointers including Antenatal Care, its importance to pregnant mothers and when to enroll at health facility in order to have a safe delivery. The practical bit of how new born babies are cared for was a rich experience for the mothers who attended, more so including child mothers.
The exercise aims at fostering appreciation of the parenting responsibility regardless of circumstances faced by the parent(s) for healthy and happy children.
Nutrition for infants and mothers was also top in the discussion taking mothers through the importance and nutrient benefits for common foodstuffs plus inspiring them to start income generating activities however small to support the nutrition needs to begin with.
Gender-based violence and its negative effects on the development of children and the well-being of the mother as always was discussed, participants were screened and appropriate counseling done for mothers identified and referral and linkage to other services made.
Male engagement is starting to gain traction as more men accompanied their spouses at the training. A very big positive step forward in Maternal and Child Care.