15 Years of Zero Maternal Deaths in Pitala Malawi
Welcome to one of the cleanest villages in Malawi; a village which in 2006 received an award from the Ministry of Health.. Here, every structure has a message, boldly handwritten on it. From houses to trees, the messages range from maternal and child health to promoting girls education through antidrug abuse and violence against women messages. This is Pitala Village in Mchinji district.
On 9th May, 2015, Pitala and the surrounding villages were celebrating 15 years of no maternal and newborn death. It was an event organized with pomp where Pitala showed off it what has taken them to acquire this fit through music, dance, drama and paintings. Their success story is that of from rags to riches- and it has taken them to another level. In 1999 Pitala and the surrounding area were identified by the Mchinji District Health office to be registering too many maternal deaths. Fifteen years later – they have finally arrived at zero deaths.
The area is mainly built on strong by-laws that promote girls education and encourage women to attend antenatal clinic on time and always give birth at a clinic or hospital.