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On the last of October 2014 Siphilile graduated another group of 25 Mentor Mothers. Guest of honor and keynote speaker was MP Jan Sithole of Manzini North inkhundla, an area where the new group will start working. The graduation was also visited by representatives of the Ministry of Health and collaborating organisations.
From 18th to 22nd of September Siphilile hosted a conference at Emafini for all partners of the "Pilot program on Health, Gender and Theology", of which Siphilile is a part. The Pilot program, initiated by Church of Sweden, has involved partners from Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland. The conference marked the end of the Pilot program.
Discussions on the results of the Pilot and the way ahead was combined with a field visit to Matsapha, meeting the Mentor Mothers and sharing their experiences. Together we visited Mlilwane nature reserve.
The conference also marked the kick-off for the newly formed Network on SRHR and theology
The recruitment of a new group of 25 Mentor Mothers is now completed. There was a great interest with over 160 applicants. We are very happy with the good quality of applicants and the dedication shown at interviews.
The new group will begin their training in October and the following month theywill start to do home visits in Manzini and Malkerns.
On the first of August Siphilile held its first Annual General Meeting. 29 Mentor Mothers participated and a new board was elected. MM Smangele Shabangu and MM Sibongile Gumedze were elected to represent the Mentor Mother group on the board.
Challenges for the future and the way forward were also discussed and we hope for a successful and prosperous year to come.
Malnutrition was in focus on the monthly meeting for Mentor Mothers on June 23rd. Dr Pawelos from RFM hospital in Manzini presented his work in the malnutrition unit at the hospital and had a very much appreciated overview of how to recognize and treat malnutrition. Since last month Siphilile has a Mentor Mother stationed at RFM hospital every weekday, to assist staff in their duties, but foremost to support families with children admitted to the ward. Seven Mentor Mothers are currently taking turns to visit the hospital, and they gain much knowledge and experience to be brought back and used in the community.
The last few days Siphilile has been put in the spotlight when a film crew, headed by Simon Stanford, has visited Matsapha to document our work. The short film sequence will be part of this year's Christmas fund raiser in Church of Sweden. Mentor Mother Thandi Nzima had a leading part, showing her every day duties and encounters as a Mentor Mother.
Anna Andersmark, program officer at Church of Sweden is this week visiting Siphilile, to learn more about the project and get to know us all.
-The Mentor Mothers are doing a great and very important job, and from what I have seen they are very much appreciated in the community, Anna says after following MM Khumbuzile on a day's work.