Women and Children First UK

Healthy mums and babies in Malawi

We have set up 295 community women's groups where women will be empowered to have a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. Their newborn babies will benefit from their enhanced knowledge and stand a greater chance of survival. We aim to reduce newborn deaths by 1/3 in the project catchment area.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2014 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1085096)

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Situation

Pregnancy is such a dangerous time in a Malawian woman’s life that it is considered unlucky to tell people about it. Malawi has significant social and economic development challenges. The majority of women live in scattered villages and find it hard to reach health facilities. Women lack vital information they need to make informed health decisions. And scarce resources means that health facilities struggle to provide the quality services needed to save mothers’ and babies’ live

Solution

We are working with our local partner, the MaiKhanda Trust, to set up women's groups to raise women's awareness of how to look after themselves during pregnancy and childbirth - to eat well, get antenatal and postnatal care and give birth in a health centre. Women are supported to successfully address problems such as not having money to pay for medicines or not knowing when a baby must see a doctor. We are advocating for improvements in the quality of health services for mothers & babies