231236 Umodzi

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 2:35 PM - 2:50 PM

Marty Otanez, PhD , Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO
Mikey Rosato, Doctoral candidate , Center for International Health and Development, University College London, London, United Kingdom
The video examines the power of community mobilization through women's groups to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in Mchinji District, rural Malawi. Women, chiefs and health workers discuss transformations in their communities brought about by community members collaborating in over 250 women's groups established by MaiMwana Project in 2005. Agness and other women describe how collective action has helped them to identify and solve problems such as the shortage of money for healthy food during pregnancy and the lack of transportation to health centers for pregnant women experiencing hemorrhaging. Women's groups in Mchinji demonstrate that women, men, and village health workers can build on existing capacities to eliminate obstacles to and take control of mother and child health. Charity Manda, a Malawian woman featured in the video, said that through the women's group in her village Charity and other community members "are able to identify and prevent health problems on our own." MaiMwana, www.maimwana.malawi.net, is a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health and UCL Centre for International Health and Development established in Malawi in 2003. UCL Futures funded the project.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Objectives of the video are to explain three strategies of women’s groups to reduce maternal and child mortality, and demonstrate a case study of a community project to increase health among women and children in Malawi.

Keywords: Child Health, Maternal Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professional filmmaker and assistant professor of political ecology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.