From our Child Survival, Development and Thriving (CSDT) Programme Team
The role of the buddy:
Who qualifies to be a buddy?
2. Did you know
Quote from a buddy: “I love the work I do, and even though I am not paid, I am happy to see them grow so well, and I also learn so much for when I have a baby, I will raise my child the same way”.
Mothers who have joined the programme:
“My name is Rose Sibanda. I am 26 years old. I started to attend the session of Thembalethu Community Care Centre from 2020 when l was pregnant. I gave birth to my child on the 18 December 2020. The interesting sessions that I have attended was exclusive breastfeeding. It was interesting to me because my husband was not working permanently. I breastfeed my child exclusively meaning breast milk only, no food or liquids except for medicine prescribed by a health worker. I started to feed my baby after six months. My baby is growing well and healthy. I would like to thank the Care Givers for a good work that they are doing in our community.”
“My name is Lillian Soda. I am 25 years old. My child is one year old and she's a girl. I started to breastfeed my child when she was born and continue to do so. I chose my cousin to be my buddy because she is the one l trust and and we are staying together. She helps me a lot when things becomes difficult. She supported me when l breastfeed my baby especially when the family give us a problem like encouraging me to give my baby a soft porridge. My buddy always plays a good role especially when family contradict message to the one we received from health facility. What l have realized it is important to have buddy during pregnancy with breastfeeding period. It was easy for me to breastfeed even when my husband was not with me for few months.”
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