To ensure that quality health care reaches to as many as possible in all the sites where CIDRZ has presence, working with the local leadership has been one of the strategies the organisation uses to reach out to many people with health information.
We engage with traditional leaders to discuss health issues that concern their people and we take advantage of every opportunity to do so. We talk about cervical cancer, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Tuberculosis and best ways to link HIV positive people to care.
And we have always found positive attitude with our traditional leaders and have received support for our work.
This is why during this year’s Nc’wala ceremony, CIDRZ with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and partnership from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) During this year’s ceremony, sensitised a total number of 2131 people voluntary male medical circumcision, condom use, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and cervical cancer.
Messages on the importance of HIV testing, male circumcision for HIV negative partners and cervical cancer prevention and management were disseminated to individuals as well as groups of people. We conducted two onsite circumcision procedures.
CIDRZ also provided HIV testing services of which 578 people got tested with six people found HIV positive were linked to care.
Nc’wala Traditional Ceremony is an annual event of the Ngoni-Speaking People of Eastern Province and takes at Mtenguleni in Chipata District, Eastern Province to celebrate the first harvests of the year.