Like all good works of art, good music captivates pensive hearts and provokes listeners to do unpredictable things. The reaction oscillates from smiles to tears particularly when the song on air addresses real life issues with a rare chord of creativity.
Such was an encounter on Friday at the launch of the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Dar es Salaam on Friday .When Musician Mrisho Mpoto alias Mjomba who is also a safe motherhood ambassador and his Band were performing before the gathering.
SRHR launched the alliance programme which aims at improving sexual reproductive health and rights of young people, women and marginalized groups in the country.
The SRHR in the country is receiving founding from the Dutch Government and the partners include African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) who will operate in Kilindi district in Tanga Region, Iringa Restless Development will operate in the region, Health Education Promoters (HAPA) will carry their activities in Iramba, Singida Region and the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) to operate in Mwanza region.
Leaders from all the above mentioned organizations and Assistant Director of Human Resource Development in the ministry of Health and Social Welfare Dr Gozibest Mutalyabarwa graced the occasion..
There was an ecstasy as the band played a popular hit Mjomba.
The atmosphere changed when two young ladies acting as pregnant women entered the stage starting to weep apparently for pregnancy pains. They were all rushing to the nearby clinic. A the clinic like many rural clinics there was only one single male nurse.
The nurse seemed to despair as all the women needed quick service which he could not do to all at once. He could not do anything but just to watch with his hands akimbo signifying desperation.
As the medical attendant was contemplating his next move, Mjomba stepped in and started narrating a touching poetic song urging the government and its stakeholders to put more efforts in curbing problems facing pregnant women in the country. The song went further in asking parents to stop their children to engage in early marriage saying that by
The seven minute song touched the hearts of many people in the room and in no time the audience invaded the stage and started dancing to the tune of Mjomba music.
AMREF thanked Mrisho Mpoto for his good performance. Commenting on the SRHR alliance programme he said its strategic goals would contribute in improving sexual and reproductive health while also promoting sexual and reproductive health rights among communities.
He also said the programme will enable young people to understand about family life and rovide information about how to avoid teenage pregnancies.
Mutalybarwa hailed Mrisho Mpoto for his performances and the song’s message and noted that his ministry is doing everything possible to see that pregnant women are not working long distances in search of health services.
“ May I assure all the artists who have performed here that your massages have been noted. The ministry is doing everything possible to see that women and children are not working long distances in search of medical services,”he said
“This programme launched today will help to promote the information on the rights of teenagers and the dangers of early pregnancies” he said
On his part, NIMR Acting Director General said it was time for decision makers to involve the youth in any decision making including on their sexual rights. He also said his department was carrying out a feasibility study to determine the exact requirements of the youth.