Maternal Child Health Programs
LCMF identifies and trains women Community Health Volunteers who serve as the key point of contact for pregnant women in the rural communities. The volunteers are trained to detect and refer pregnant mothers at risk to the hospital, at the same time ensuring that the pregnant mothers are accessing all health care services during antenatal (ANC) and postnatal (PNC) period.
LCMF wants to train women and girls to make sanitary pads using local materials to reduce school dropout among girls due to menstruation. Further, we want to introduce the Menstrual Cup, which is an alternative menstrual product to sanitary pads or tampons. It is an environmentally friendly cost effective and sustainable solution for girls and women in rural areas. One Menstrual Cup is equivalent to 3000 sanitary pads over a 10-year cycle. One cup of boiling water per month is required to sterilize the Menstrual Cup for 15 minutes. This product has been tried in some schools in South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Swaziland, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Zambia. LCMF is working with the suppliers of the Menstrual Cup in South Africa to distribute the product in Malawi.