It’s all go for our building teams with the start of toilets and washrooms being built at Kachere Health Centre. Starting last week, the facilities will be used by staff, patients and their guardians staying at the clinic.
The majority of those staying at the clinic are expectant mothers. In 2007 the government passed a law that women must deliver at a medical facility or be fined upon registering the birth. The motivation behind this new law was to reduce the mortality rate.
Malawian women in rural areas therefore have to make the difficult journey to their nearest health centre before giving birth, many while they are in labour. Others journey to a health centre weeks in advance and camp at the facility until they start labour to avoid the fine.
When they leave home, not only do they need to bring clothes and toiletries but pots, food and firewood for cooking as well. So, imagine turning up to your nearest clinic to find that most of the toilets and washing areas have fallen down or are beyond repair.
Kachere Clinic serves approximately 20,000 patients and provides antenatal and maternity services, general medical care and vaccinations.