Proscovia, mother of three, works as a midwife at a health centre in Kigoma – and has treated more than 1,000 babies. Proscovia became a midwife because she wanted to support her local community and the people who live there. Her work at the clinic includes providing care and treatment for children with malaria. Along with her colleagues, Proscovia has worked closely with the Tanzania Communication and Development Center (TCDC), a Comic Relief and GSK funded project, in equipping health centres and training midwives with the skills they need to combat malaria through prevention and treatment.
"I OFTEN WORK ON THE 12-HOUR NIGHT SHIFT, WHICH IS HARD BUT GOOD FOR HELPING THOSE WHO ARE SCARED AT THAT TIME. WHEN IT IS HARD, I OFTEN FIND THERE IS STILL LIGHT. A WOMAN I HELPED CAME IN AND HUGGED ME IN THE CLINIC RECENTLY."
Although malaria is the leading disease in her community, things have improved, and people are now much more aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Between March 2018 and March 2019, the number of children under the age of 5 testing positive for malaria at her clinic reduced from 44 per week to 32 per week. Parents now know what symptoms to look out for, and when they should go to a health facility like Proscovia’s for testing, treatment and support.
Proscovia has family of her own and says that the combination of family and work , along with her job at the health centre, means she has the best of both worlds.
Jacob, field operations manager for Tanzania Communication and Development Center (TCDC), believes that there has been real change since the project began, thanks to the efforts of people like Proscovia