We were delighted last year to announce that we had been granted funding from the Scottish Government to support the expansion of a life-saving health project in Malawi.
Last week, staff from St John Scotland and St John International’s London office visited Malawi to see for themselves the progress being made so far.
The team visited both a ‘mini-clinic’ and an outreach clinic in the Lilongwe district, where some of around 135 St John Malawi volunteers are already working to help families access life-saving health treatments.
They are working directly with women and children from some of the country’s hardest to reach areas, supporting local Health Authority staff to ensure that this vulnerable group receives pre- and post-natal care, including advice on pregnancy, malaria vaccinations, blood pressure checks, weight and growth checks on babies, advice to fathers, and family planning information.
The team from St John also accompanied volunteers as they conducted home visits to offer health and hygiene advice, and practical support, to new families and those with young children.
A delegation from the Scottish Government visited the project at Kauma, where they saw the progress being made at a mini-clinic housed within a local school.
The next stage of the programme will see St John Malawi volunteers helping to promote Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), to improve household health and reduce the incidence of dangerous disease, which is a root cause of infant and maternal mortality.