Archive for October, 2015

Women’s Education is a Key Influencer of Health

October 15th, 2015

We’re sometimes asked why we’re focussing in our small way on women’s projects, with women growing to feed themselves, on educating them too and supporting girls in school. One fundamental is that women’s education is the essential predictor of infant mortality, more than household income or wealth. This is the view of Michael Marmot is his latest book, “The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World.”

He’s only framing an insight that’s revealed itself all around the world:

That Women’s Education is a Key Determinant in their Children’s Survival

According to The UN, available information from 68 countries with data on under-five mortality by mothers’ education indicates that a woman’s education is a key factor in determining whether her children will survive past the first five years of life. A child’s chances of surviving increase even further when his or her mother has a secondary or higher education. This may be at the edge of dreams for rural Malawian women. However, even an extra year of primary school increases girls’ eventual wages by 10-20%, encourages girls to marry later and have fewer children, and makes them less likely to experience violence.

Yet unfortunately, in many areas of the world, educating girls is perceived to be less important than educating boys. It’s not about equality in an abstract moral sense - though it’s that too - it’s about practicality and survival of the nation.Keeping women uneducated is a lose-lose.

And these women are working incredibly hard. Women in Malawi spend over eight times more than men collecting water and fuel. While girls in rural Malawi also spend over three times more time than boys fetching the same. With less chances to stay in school. It’s not behaviour unique to Malawi, quite the reverse - as laid out in this UN Women Watch summary.

So as well as promoting food sustenance projects among women, we’re trying to help upskill them a little, and offer the opportunity for schooling for all to last at least a little longer. Of course, that’s also easier when you’re not hungry too.

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Growing Ndi Moyo

October 10th, 2015

The new Clinic at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre in Salima in really coming together under Lucy and & Tony Finch’s careful and caring watch. And just as the building grows, so our new Tuesday Trust Patient Support Garden is taking shape around it too. We’ve built an irrigation system down each side of the extended site, running north south, with easy access standpipes. Meanwhile the team is preparing the ground and planting up furiously. Ndi Moyo - place giving hope - really is an extraordinary oasis of comfort and medical care for the sick and dying in the wide community it selflessly serves. We are delighted to be able to offer it whatever little support we can to help it its vital, uplifting, humane mission.

Lucy at the new clinic

New standpipe