Apolonia, a midwife at Lautem health centre, where Judite was treated after giving birth to Marcelo, says Community Health Volunteers like Odete are helping to save the lives of mothers and their babies. They are critical in ensuring information about maternal and child health is passed on to families in remote and rural communities that have no or limited healthcare.
Community Health Volunteers run workshops and training sessions for families to teach them about safe ways to give birth, and how to prevent, identify and treat child malnutrition and common childhood illnesses.
Today, Marcelo is 19 months old. Judite is hopeful about her son’s future, but she is still learning from Odete and the workshops supported by ChildFund in her community.
Odete has been monitoring Marcelo’s growth since he was born, and recently discovered that he was at risk of becoming malnourished. She encouraged Judite to attend the nutrition workshops in their village.
“I am happy to join this activity because I have learnt how to prepare nutritious food for my children,” Judite says.