Posts tagged Malawi
Assessment of the Self Help Group (SHG) and Village Savings and Loans (VSL) Approaches

An assessment of a Tearfund-funded HIV/Aids program in Malawi compared Village Savings and Loans (VSL) and SHG approaches. The study found that both methods enhanced savings culture, investment in businesses, asset accumulation, social interaction and increased members’ knowledge base. SHGs had a relatively higher potential for long-term economic growth and sustainability, socio-political empowerment of women on issues affecting their community, and enhanced leadership and self esteem.

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How Do Women’s Groups Practicing Participatory Learning and Action Contribute to Birth Outcomes?

A Lancet study by Prost et al. (2013) undertook a systematic review of Randomized Control Trials in multiple countries to assess the impact of women’s groups on maternal and child mortality. The study found that participation in women’s groups was associated with a 37% reduction in maternal mortality, a 23% reduction in neonatal mortality, and a 9% reduction in still births.

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The Effect of Women’s Groups on Health Behaviors and Rates of Maternal and Child Mortality

A Lancet study in 2013 used a factorial, cluster-randomised controlled trial to determine the effect of women’s groups and peer counselling on health outcomes and behaviors in rural Malawi. Lewycka et al. (2013) found both interventions impressive, reducing maternal mortality, perinatal mortality, neonatal mortality, infant mortality and increasing exclusive breastfeeding. The study also found both approaches to be cost-effective.

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