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NONM IN MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT EXERCISE

The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) has embarked on a massive membership sensitization and recruitment exercise targeting nurses and midwives in all government, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), private health facilities as well as non-governmental organisations.

The nurses and midwives and other stakeholders are being updated on NONM’s new developments including professional and membership services for NONM members.

The exercise which started late in July this year has taken the organisation to almost all government health facilities in northern region and some districts in central region.

According to NONM Project Coordinator, Harriet Chiomba, the exercise is going on well and that there is a positive response from both NONM members and potential members.

“You may wish to note that the exercise is crucial since our mandate as NONM is to promote and maintain the highest possible standards of nursing and midwifery services for the well-being of the population of Malawi. For sure this can best be achieved when nurses and midwives maximize their professionalism and socio-economic welfare through their membership with NONM,” said Chiomba. She said when all is done NONM is definitely going to achieve progress for nursing and midwifery in Malawi in the areas of practice, management, education, research, ethics, socioeconomic welfare, and safeguard the historical heritage of the profession or any related matter.

Apart from that, Chiomba said the membership sensitization and recruitment exercise will foster a spirit of unity and solidarity among members, safeguard and promote the dignity, rights and socioeconomic status of individual members, and of the nursing and midwifery professions.

“As NONM, we act as a liaison between the nursing and midwifery professions and the government, other non-governmental organizations and the public with regards to professional and socio-economic interests hence the need for nurses and midwives to become NONMmembers, she said.

Meanwhile, NONM is overwhelmed with the response so far as many non-registered members are now joining NONM as new members and at the same time, existing members are maintaining their membership with NONM. Nkhamenya Community Hospital NONM Chairperson, Colleta Mwenegamba has applauded NONM for taking up the initiative and by reaching out to both members and non-members with messages on the importance of being a NONM member.

“Many of us did not know the benefits of being a member of NONM but with you coming to sensitize us,we are now able to understand why we should be members. Thanks to the NONM Secretariat leadership for this initiative. NONM should as well reach out to the nurses and midwives in hard-to-reach health facilities by physically visiting them” said Mwenegamba.

NONM plans to recruit at least 3000 members by the end of December this year. The exercise is being conducted with financial support from Norad through the Norwegian Nurses Organisation (NNO).

Some of the recently visited health facilities include Mchinji, Dedza, Salima, Nkhotakota and Ntchisi district hospitals as well as Mua, Kapiri, Nkhamenya, St Andrews and Mayaka Community Hospitals.