You won’t find many hospitals in rural Zambia, but you will find women like Agnes Phiri Nkhunika.
Every day, Aggie wakes up at 5am, worrying about rural women in Zambia – women who married early and have 16 children, women struggling with unintended pregnancies, and women with no access to contraception. Then, she puts on her dancing shoes and gets to work.
Aggie, who has been a midwife for more than 34 years, educates people about contraception with song and dance. Typically, women in rural Zambia marry early – usually by age 14. They begin having children right away and have difficulty negotiating contraception use with their partners.
In her commitment to helping these women take control of their reproductive health, Aggie also provides a range of contraceptive options in high volume clinics across the region. In just a year and a half, PSI midwives like her helped 78,530 women who want contraception.
For Aggie, there is no uncertainty about how these rural women view her work. “When you see them dance, you know they really appreciate the service.”
Watch Aggie in action during a day at the Kwengue clinic in Zambia’s Eastern province: