Postpartum in southern Malawi

The Story

The Story

Postpartum in southern Malawi

Miriam’s story of climate resilience has taken her from the field to the delivery room in a rural government health centre in Mulanje, Malawi. As a farmer, she has seen her fields flooded and parched as weather patterns become increasingly erratic. As a mother, she is pictured just hours after giving birth in a health centre with no running water.

A dried up borehole and water tank destroyed in heavy winds mean the health centre has struggled to keep a reliable water supply since it was constructed. Guardians must fetch water from a nearby village borehole pump and carry it straight into the maternity ward. If the pump is broken, they go to a nearby river. This is the only supply of water for midwives to wash their hands, for new mums to clean themselves and their babies, and for guardians to prepare meals.

This and other hard-to-reach health centres are being supported by EMMS International in partnership with Mulanje Mission Hospital to provide a reliable source of safe water, making health facilities more resilient to climate change and fit for purpose. This is part of their Mokwanira project which is addressing the challenges that come from the overlap of health and climate crises that affect women and girls hardest.

Postpartum in southern Malawi

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