Women's Reproductive Health

United Methodist Women Supports Health Worker Training in Mozambique

United Methodist Women Supports Health Worker Training in Mozambique
Workshop facilitators with certificates of recognition.

This summer, United Methodist Women helped make a difference on the ground in Mozambique.

In its ongoing efforts to improve maternal and child health, the Women’s Desk of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique organized a joint workshop to help women and girls improve their maternal and reproductive health.

The workshop, held from July 15-19, trained 20 community health workers from 17 church districts in Mozambique, and was held in collaboration with Johns Hopkins International Education on Gynecology and Obstetrics. Other workshop participants included experts from USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program and from Save the Children.

Issues That Women in Mozambique Face

The health workers in attendance were trained on issues that women especially in Mozambique face. These include the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula, maintaining women’s reproductive health, the care of persons living with HIV/AIDS, detecting breast and cervical cancer, and recognizing and preventing Tuberculosis.

Other topics that were discussed included advocating for the prevention of gender-based violence, as well as for ending child marriage. Early marriage is a major contributing factor for obstetric fistula. In Mozambique, 29 percent of girls ages 15-19 have their first sexual relation before they are 15 years old.

Food insecurity was also addressed, for the resulting malnutrition causes health problems in pregnant women that affect both the mother and her baby.

Advocacy for educating girls was another topic of discussion. Girls’ education can make a huge impact on girls' and women’s health, helping to end early marriage and improving maternal and reproductive health as a whole.

Going Into Communities

The newly trained health workers will spend four hours a week going into their rural communities and churches to share information about maternal and reproductive health and to educate community members. The health workers will also make sure to link the local public with existing health services. The trainees will continuously collaborate with health organizations, and their work will be evaluated periodically by the church’s Board of Women.

United Methodist Women is grateful to our members’ ongoing support that helps make workshops like these possible, and we especially thank The United Methodist Church and its Women’s Desk in Mozambique, as well as everyone who organized and contributed to this vital workshop.

Posted or updated: 9/16/2015 11:00:00 PM
 
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Learn More:

*In Mozambique, United Methodist Women and USAID Partner to Address Fistula

*Visit our Maternal and Child Health page

*Read more Maternal and Child Health stories

Take Action:

  • Send your personal stories to Donna Akuamoah, Maternal Health Project Coordinator, at dakuamoah@ unitedmethodistwomen.org. Stories are published anonymously unless specified by the writer.
  • Discuss these stories! We encourage all United Methodist Women members to discuss these stories with their local units and churches, and develop a plan to support women’s health in their communities.
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