Well we are now at the end of our first week across here in Malawi. It has been a fast and full on week. We are glad of a rest day today. Since our last blog we have now run our pilot training on Human rights in relation to respectful care. Once again we had a fantastic 2 days working with our Malawian colleagues. The programme was officially opened by Dr. Phoya along with a number of dignitaries, including the guest of Honour, the Minister for health principal secretary Mr David Kandoje. Opening remarks were provided by the coordinator of the Malawi-Scotland partnership, Mr. Makala. This was followed by a group photograph and coffee where Jane and I were able to meet and speak with the officials.
Following the official opening the programme was warmly received by all participants with some excitement. Participants constantly commented that this training is badly needed in Malawi, they felt it was an eye-opener, especially when everyone discussed examples they were aware of in their own areas. This was further reflected in their evaluation of the content and delivery of the programme.
Despite a few setbacks over the two days such as no projector for the delivery of the presentations and a flood in the conference room on the second day everyone participated enthusiastically, welcoming this training and wanting to promote Human rights and respectful care across Malawi.
Jane and I are now honorary members of AMAMI (Association of Malawi Midwifes)
Jane and I are looking forward to a relaxing day this morning before we split up tomorrow and head our separate ways for a couple of days.