The Umunthu Programme uses the arts to catalyse reflection and discussion, providing a platform to address issues of stigma and discrimination through the lens of “Umunthu,” a Pan-African philosophical concept of humanity.
Over the last year and half, the Umunthu programme has been working with healthcare workers to address the discrimination of minority groups that then impacts their ability to access health care. The team recently worked with St Joseph College of Nursing in Chiradzulu, and made a positive impact on attitudes there.
Recently, the Umunthu team returned to Chiringa, Phalombe in Malawi's Southern Region to follow up on the implementation of the Community Action Plan. Here's what participants had to say.
The topic of discrimination against minority groups can be a heated topic here in Malawi, and addressing that discrimination can be a long process. As part of our ongoing Umunthu: Health Worker project, our staff is returning to the communities to follow-up on the lasting effects of the three-day workshops, and this is what one healthcare worker had to say.
A huge investment into the health sector by the government, private sector and the development partners will translate into nothing if a particular section of the society is left out .Indeed, discrimination against some individuals in health services provision is a sure recipe for disaster and counterproductive in the efforts to create a health society .