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Maternity Unit

Our current plans for a Maternity Unit

“On average, women in labour walk 4 – 5 hours over steep hills and uneven rocky paths to reach care.  These journeys present even greater challenges at night and during the rainy season, often resulting in tragic consequences for mother and child.”

 

AMECA commissioned a Maternity Needs Assessment for the entire region, to identify gaps in service provision so we could understand the level of need for localised Maternity Services.

 

This study enabled AMECA to make an informed decision, backed up by thorough research, on the requirement and justification for a new maternity clinic at Chilaweni. The report revealed that 24% of the population consists of Women of Child Bearing Age, 18% of children being below the age of 5 years and 5% children being under 1 year.

Women face difficulties in accessing obstetric services due to the distance, terrain and high cost of travel to the nearest health facility. and on average, a pregnant woman walks about 4 – 5 hours to reach care. For most villages, pregnant women have to navigate through uneven steep hills and these journeys present severe challenges when in early labour, at night and during the rainy season, often resulting in tragic consequences for mother and child.

Architects plans have been drawn up and subject to funding, we plan to build a maternity unit and further staff housing on site.

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