Knowledge in reproductive health is key in improving health delivery and reducing maternal mortality.

It is against this background that the Ministry of Health and Child Care is training a group of women, among them the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, on reproductive health.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality is believed to be at 650 deaths per every 100 000 women.

The statistics pose a challenge to the government in attaining a target of zero maternal death. Indications are that most of these deaths can be prevented if women are equipped with knowledge.

Cde Mnangagwa, who is among a group of women undergoing a training programme on basic health care skills, said the programme will go a long way in serving lives if it is rolled out to all marginalised communities.

Ministry of Health and Child Care Deputy Director for Reproductive Health, Mrs Margret Nyandoro said more still needs to be done to ensure Zimbabweans understand health matters, adding that there is need to disseminate more information on reproductive health issues.

Other participants are of the view that such programmes should be rolled out to marginalised communities.

During Amai Mnangagwa’s recent visit to Kanyemba, it emerged that some women could not write and read and proved to be the most vulnerable when it comes to reproductive health issues.