Help­ing moth­ers

Study aims to find out how very young moms cope

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AS­TUDY which is aimed at de­ter­min­ing how very young moth­ers are cop­ing and what their chal­lenges are took its turn in Brei­d­bach on Tues­day, when a team of Mzantsi Wakho of­fi­cials vis­ited the area.

King William’s Town-based pro­ject man­ager Nokubonga Mjo said the study was called “Hey Baby” and started in March this year. It is fo­cus­ing on young moth­ers from the age of 10 to 19, liv­ing in the Buf­falo City metropoli­tan area, she said.

“Our team of trained re­searchers use a ques­tion­naire to re­trieve in­for­ma­tion and, on com­ple­tion of the two-hour study, they hand over a gift with cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion to the mother,” Mjo said.

They are work­ing closely with clin­ics and schools for in­for­ma­tion about the young moth­ers and have also turned to com­mu­nity lead­ers who guide them to the where­abouts of those iden­ti­fied.

“We have built strong re­la­tion­ships with com­mu­nity lead­ers and to­day, like all pre­vi­ous years, were as­sisted by the gen­er­ous Des­mond Coet­zee in Brei­d­bach,” Mjo said.

“We also is­sued Coet­zee a cer­tifi­cate in recog­ni­tion of the in­valu­able sup­port of our re­search stud­ies and for help­ing our par­tic­i­pants.

“We would like to thank him for his on­go­ing part­ner­ship in a study to im­prove ac­cess to health ser­vices for ado­les­cents and youth in the coun­try,” she said.

Re­searchers De­neo Se­phula and Chuy­iswa Kama both en­joyed con­duct­ing the study in the Brei­d­bach area.

“Coet­zee made us feel at home af­ter in­tro­duc­ing us to the young moth­ers and they all gave us their full co­op­er­a­tion,” they said.

“It was re­ally a plea­sure work­ing in Brei­d­bach and we are look­ing for­ward to our next visit again.”

The young moth­ers in­ter­viewed, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said the re­searchers showed pro­fes­sion­al­ism and were very kind.

“They are all down-to-earth peo­ple and be­haved in a pro­fes­sional man­ner to make you feel at ease.”

They are all down-to-earth peo­ple and be­haved in a pro­fes­sional man­ner to make you feel at ease

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COET­ZEE

RE­SEARCH: Mem­bers of Mzantsi Wakho con­ducted a study into the well-be­ing of young moth­ers in the Brei­d­bach area and found it very re­ward­ing. Back from left are De­neo Se­phula (re­searcher), Them­bani Mam­pan­gashe (field­work co­or­di­na­tor) and Nokubonga Mjo...

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