LICO spreads knowledge on preventing Mother to Child transmission (PMTCT), promotes healthy living and the proper use of medicines. It also headlines the fabrication and use of sustainable and enviromentally friendly briquettes in order to halt deforestation. Although both areas might seem (at first glance) far apart, they greatly underline Life Concern Organisation's holistic approach to problems in Rumphi. As voiced in their mission statement: "LICO exists to ensure better health and development of the marginalised and vulnerable local populations".
||An empowered community leading to informed decisions
||LICO exists to ensure better health and development of the marginalised and vulnerable local populations
||Life and knowledge
- Respect and trust
- Networking and participation
- Empowerment of communities
|Key Areas of Focus
||HIV/AIDS programs, with focus on Prevention Of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT)
- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights targeting youth
- Climate Change with focus on promotion of renewable energy resources. Through women briquette making project.
|Activities (current projects): PMTCT
PMTCT (Prevention of Mother-To-Child-Transmission)
For mothers to be to know their HIV status, living healthy during their pregnancy and taking PMTCT medication, the chances of their unborn child contracting HIV during pregnancy is greatly reduced
In this area LICO is building capacity of health staff and community volunteers through PMTCT training in the following:
- PMTCT /ART (Anti Retroviral Therapy: drugs taken by HIV patients to keep HIV in check)
- ART Adherence counselling
- Nutrition counselling e.g. encouraging exclusive breast feeding for HIV positive mother
- Couple counselling
- Child counselling
- Voluntary Testing and counselling
- Women Peer educator trainings
Using bottom up community based approach to increase access and uptake of PMTCT services:
- HIV & AIDS health education and promotion and PMCTC information through: establishment of women Study Circle Groups (SCG) within their villages,through which peer educators will desseminate information
- Target specific mass campaigns will also be used to reach our audience
- Information education and communication dissemination onn PMTCT and HIV information and misconceptions
- Engaging community leaders as models to aid in HIV sero status self disclosure, encourage couple counselling, reduce stigma that hinders positive living and fuels spread of the virus
- Mainstreaming HIV activities in all community activities through participatory community involvement will aid people to make informed decisions on their lives
Forming and ensuring the functionality of Mothers living with HIV & AIDS (MLWHAs) through support groups
Offer sustainable nutrition support to WLWHAs to ensure adequate nutrition to the newborns and elliviating possibility of mothers breast feeding
|Activities (current projects): Climate Change
Climate change: Project purpose
Life Concern Organisation (LICO) is addressing the problem of deforestation problem by providing more efficient and eco-friendly energy sources for domestic consumption. This is done by:
- Introducing the production of charcoal briquettes (from local waste materials such as papers, nut shells etc).
- Introducing the production of more efficient burners.
- Tree planting activities to offset the tree cover that has been depleted.
- Introduce an alternative to use of firewood as primary source of domestic fuel.
- Introduce more fuel efficient usage of energy sources.
- Introduce cleaner, healthier (less smoke) energy sources.
- Conserve the environment through less deforestation and through recycling of waste materials.
- Provide income for groups involved in production, distribution of the briquettes.Provide income for people involved in making fuel efficient burners.
- Provide the groups with income from visitors to the eco-village (the initial production place will be an integrated eco-village where everything will be done in one area with a tree nursery and all eco-friendly trappings).
- Reduce time wasted while fetching for firewood from the hills.
- Provide income for waste collectors.
- Using fuel briquettes means less firewood to chop and charcoal to buy, saving time and money and putting less pressure on natural resources
- Briquettes are an income generation activity.
- Briquettes mean less rubbish in the streets and in dumps.
- Briquettes can be made from virtually any organic waste such as paper, husks, shells, straws, stalks etc, all of which are abundant in the area – thus saving precious trees.