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MHEN embarks on Immunization Strengthening Project in Mulanje

Written by  Nellie Kapatuka

Mulanje, February 11, 2019: In a quest to improve access to immunization in hard-to-reach areas, the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) has rolled out an immunization-strengthening project in Mulanje District.

The project, which will be implemented through the GAVI Civil Society Platform, seeks to address religious and cultural barriers that prevent people, especially women and children, from accessing immunization.

Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) after introducing the project to stakeholders in the district Thursday, National Chairperson for the GAVI Civil Society Platform, Stanley Chitukwi said they were complementing government efforts in making sure that every citizen has access to quality health services.

Chitukwi said it has been noted that there is minimal access to immunization in hard-to-reach areas, hence targeting such areas to create and increase accessibility to immunization services.

“Through this project, we would like to address cultural and religious myths that exist among rural communities in as far as accessing health services, like immunization is concerned,” said Chitukwi.

District Medical Officer for Mulanje, Bertha Mvula thanked the organization for the project, saying it would help improve health services in the district especially in areas with difficult access that are being targeted.

The GAVI funded project in Mulanje is going to be implemented by REFORD.

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