Maternal Health

Marumbo Eve Chirwa, Pre-Master’s Research Intern

Overview

Overview

I am a junior Nurse Midwife Technician and a Public Health Officer looking for opportunities in the area of Public Health with an interest in special populations like adolescent mothers and infants born from them.

My current research work is focusing on understanding the determinants of uptake and utilization of maternity health services among adolescent women, with support from the Health Systems and Policy Department at College of Medicine’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine at College of Medicine. As a junior researcher, this project will be the foundation for my future research work with a focus on improving service provision and uptake among adolescent women.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Public Health -University of Livingstonia, Malawi.2016-2018
Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery-Malawi College of Health Sciences.2012-2015


Projects

Research Projects

Project Title: Understanding determinants of uptake and utilization of maternity health services among adolescent women in Zomba, Malawi.

Supervisors:
Dr Linda Nyondo-Mipando – College of Medicine
Dr. Clifford Banda – Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme

Funding Body:
Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme CORE training funding

Project Description:
Maternal health services in Malawi are provided in all government hospitals, starting right from the primary health care facilities, and are rendered at no cost. Despite the availability of these services, some adolescent women inadequately utilise them and do not gain maximum benefits of the services, by reporting late to book for ANC, for labour and delivery and as well as for their postnatal check-ups.

This situation increases chances of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. Hence, this research proposal seeks to address this challenge by understanding the determinants for the utilisation of maternal health services among the mentioned group in resource-limited settings, which is one of the contributing factors to maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.