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ADRA Malawi Advance Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Through Community Engagement and Theater for Development

ADRA Malawi has made significant progress in its Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) project, which is being implemented with financial support from Partners in Health in Mangochi, Ntchisi, and Rumphi districts.

Aninde Migogo, the project officer for ADRA Malawi and coordinator of the NCDs project, stated that the intended goal has been reached, although there are still areas being worked on. She emphasized that it is a gradual process and cannot be completed in a day.

Migogo added that through the support groups established in all three districts, the project aims to disseminate key NCD messages to the wider community. These messages include the prevention of NCDs, recognition of symptoms and signs, and management of NCDs within communities. The project utilizes Theater for Development (TFD) to encourage community participation in creating and performing productions on NCDs.

Furthermore, Migogo expressed satisfaction that community members now understand what NCDs are and know where to get tests, specifically for blood pressure and Type 1 diabetes. This indicates that people have access to information on NCDs, and the project is expected to promote overall health.

ADRA Malawi has been using TFD performances to deliver various messages to the public and promote social change and development. The NCDs project employs the same approach to disseminate information.

Migogo mentioned that support group members from all three districts have been trained in TFD.

Zuze Khonde, a clinical officer and facility in charge at Malomo Health Center in Ntchisi, commended ADRA Malawi for the project, noting that it has been an eye-opener for many communities and has saved many lives. He added that the project has made their work easier by allowing them to trace patients more effectively, as they work closely with the support groups.

Khonde also noted that the project has helped many people realize the importance of getting tested and knowing their health status, rather than only seeking hospital care when things go wrong.

One beneficiary, Richard Mzandu, stated that the project is especially vital for people living in rural areas where hospitals are far away. The project provides free tests and medical help, which motivates communities. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to get tested for blood pressure and diabetes, thereby gaining knowledge about his health.


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