Speaking at Katutula CCAP Church during an open day activities of the empath project, Community Mobilization Officer Thanks Chirwa said there is a tremendous improvement in community participation that has seen many pregnant women going for health services and counseling rather than opting for traditional birth attendants.
He further said there is a change in the way men think, because now they are taking full responsibility of making sure that women go for maternal health without leaving the whole burden to them as has been the case in the past.
"We are extremely happy with men's attitude that is very positive, they are playing an important role in the process when women are pregnant and this has encouraged us a lot," said Chirwa.
Senior Group Villageheadman Katutula, said as a traditional leader he put in place an order that says "if a woman delivers at home, the husband pays a goat as penalty" and this has reduced maternal deaths."
"Under my jurisdiction every man has to take part in the health of his wife during pregnancy and this has reduced deaths in my area," said Katutula.
The open day activities is organized to bring together Communities to be sensitized on the importance of seeking health care when women are pregnant. Empath project was introduced in 2017 and is working in conjunction with Chitipa District Hospital with financial support from the Canadian Government.