Reproductive Health

3 nurses arrested in Mangochi following pregnant woman’s death

Police in Mangochi have arrested 4 nursing officers at Mangochi District Hospital after a pregnant woman died due to their negligency. Reports say the pregnant woman came at the hospital last night and the nurses did not attend to her and she died while sitting on the waiting bench. The DHO furiously ordered the police to apprehend the officers who were on duty. Grace was from Makanjira...

Cracks, walls to safe motherhood

Mulolo River was rowdy and enraged the day we visited Masenjere Health Center in T /A Mulolo Nsanje. Too grim for us to cross; yet, less grim than the situation women giving birth at the clinic endure. Every step into the river was like a sharp needle piercing through her heart which made her angrier as she pushed all manner of debris downstream. The raucous...

Malawi’s Leader Makes Safe Childbirth Her Mission

Malawi is a country of rolling hills and marshy flatlands, where 85 percent of the population live in the countryside, most subsisting on less than $2 per person per day, typically from corn and tobacco farming. It is also a country with extremely high maternal mortality. In the U.S., 1 in 2,400 women are at risk of dying while giving birth over the course...

How Malawi is improving a terrible maternal mortality rate through good design

Pregnancy is supposed to be about life. And yet, every day, 800 women across the globe die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In Malawi, which has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, a shocking 1 in 36 pregnant women die rather than become proud mothers. But could this oversized problem be tackled through design? Malawi’s new president, Joyce...

President Joyce Banda: New Focus on Women’s Health and Empowerment in Malawi

When Joyce Banda unexpectedly ascended to the presidency of Malawi last April, after the death of President Mutharika, many in her country and around the world wondered what her impact would be as Malawi’s first female president. Among the many challenges, her government faces high rates of maternal mortality, high total fertility rates, and high HIV prevalence among women and girls, combined with...

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