Malawi Clinic’s Safe Births Record Rivals Rich Countries – Here’s Why


The founding father of a Malawian maternity clinic for poor ladies says it has set a report – safely delivering greater than 8,000 infants. For her efforts enhancing entry to secure childbirth, Charity Salima has even received a prestigious British award and honorary title.

Grace Chakudza gave delivery in November to a wholesome child boy – her fourth youngster – at Achikondi Community Clinic. It opened in 2008 to assist poor ladies safely give delivery.

Medical staff study moms at Achikondi Community Clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi. (Lameck Masina/VOA)

Since then the clinic has carried out greater than 8,800 profitable deliveries, with out the lack of mom or youngster, in keeping with its founder.

That’s a report quantity in Malawi, the place the United Nations Children’s Fund says the typical mortality charge per 1,000 births is 22 deaths for infants and 6 for moms.

Chakudza appreciates the care she acquired from the clinic.

She says “there’s a large distinction. There is congestion in public hospitals. Women give delivery on the ground. And, typically one nurse is liable for three pregnant moms. This compromises the well being of moms and youngsters. But right here, I acquired good therapy,” Chakudza stated.

The variety of profitable deliveries reported by the clinic, means it beats not solely the worldwide common of 17 new child deaths per thousand births, but in addition the typical of wealthy nations. 

Achikondi Community Clinic has reduced the distance women at Area 23 were travelling to the nearest public hospital, in Lilongwe, Malawi. (Lameck Masina/VOA)Achikondi Community Clinic has lowered the space ladies at Area 23 had been travelling to the closest public hospital, in Lilongwe, Malawi. (Lameck Masina/VOA)


Britain this yr gave clinic founder Charity Salima the Commonwealth Points of Light Award, calling her Malawi’s Florence Nightingale, the English founder of contemporary nursing.

Salima credit the best way the clinic handles medical emergencies.   

“All that success has come in because we can refer whenever there is a complication as soon as possible. Early detection of any abnormality and any referral – that is what has made us to be successful,” Salima stated.

Charity Salima weighs a child at Achikondi Community Clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi. (Lameck Masina/VOA)Charity Salima weighs a baby at Achikondi Community Clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi. (Lameck Masina/VOA)

Services within the clinic are free-of-cost. The facility was constructed with donations from Scotland and the Norwegian Nurses Organization.

The U.S.-based charity Freedom from Fistula Foundation, which helps deal with childbirth accidents, funds the clinic.

Lita Kaunda hails from the neighborhood at Area 23, the place the clinic is located. She says “earlier than this clinic, many pregnant moms had been giving delivery on their approach to the hospital due to the space they had been touring.”  

Despite its good repute, Salima says the clinic does have challenges.

“Sometimes we lack resources. It could be financial resources; we don’t have many resources. We also want if this building could have solar electricity because sometimes electricity is on and off.”

Salima hopes the clinic will get extra help and do much more to scale back Malawi’s new child and maternal deaths.




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