Malawi continues to bring MMM to rural communities

5th June 2018Lisa Woodward

Malawi continues to bring MMM to rural communities

During MMM17, BP screening sites were set up in urban areas. This year following discussions with the Ministry of Health Officials, MMM was asked to consider bringing the screenings to rural areas due to the challenges these communities face accessing health services.

Henry Ndhlovu, Country Leader for Malawi,  spoke to us about how they were able to set up rural screenings using volunteers with no formal health training in Nkhatabay and Kasungu:

Young Girl brings smiles to Nkhatabay people through Blood Pressure (B.P) checks.

The people of Traditional Authority (T.A) Mkumbila in Nkhatabay especially Mgorozera, Msani, Chilerawana Villages and surrounding areas, were all smiles in May this year when they were screened for High Blood Pressure.  One of those conducting the screening was 22 year old Doreen Chirwa, who plans to study Social work from July this year if all goes well.

Trained by her Aunt, a retired Nurse Mrs Nancy Nyirenda through the May Measurement Month (MMM) Initiative and equipped with an Automatic Blood Pressure machine donated by Omron for the exercise, Doreen screened people and provided some health education related to High Blood Pressure.

It was not surprising that having heard the good work happening in their neighboring villages the people of Sanga Village requested through their Leaders to also be screened and Doreen did it in style.

“I have enjoyed my stay through helping my own people and am so happy to have brought smiles to most of them; some even having their first BP check in their old age. It was pleasing seeing how appreciative the people were and as a would-be Social student it has encouraged me to do more for the community” said Doreen.

(Image: Doreen Chirwa doing the BP check)










Chisemphere people get screened for High Blood Pressure by their own Sons and Daughters.

The smiles continued among Local Leaders and the community of Traditional Authority Chisemphere in rural Kasungu when they were screened for High Blood Pressure.  The screenings were taken by four unemployed young men and women from the same area who were trained by Mrs Daina Ndhlamini, a Nurse working at Kasungu District Hospital using Omron Automatic Blood Pressure devices donated by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH).

(Image: The Young Volunteers with Mrs Ndhlamini)

“This is so motivating and we wish you could bring more services to our area like Cancer and Diabetes screening” said one of the Local Leaders Mr. Rueben Kumwenda while smiles could be seen on the other Leaders including Businessmen.

In her remarks Mrs Daina Ndhlamini assured the Leaders that as a daughter of the area she will be trying to sensitize the people once in the area on some health related issues.

Malawi has been taking part since MMM started and this year the awareness and screenings took place in Mzuzu, Nkhatabay, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Dedza and Blantyre with Nkhatabay and Kasungu taking part in rural areas of Traditional Authorities (T.A) Mkumbila and Chisemphere respectively.

People in these areas were among other things checked on Blood Pressure and those with raised BPs were counselled on life style changes using ISH Ten Points on living with a healthy high blood pressure.