Construction of a maternity unit

The project intends to construct a maternity unit together with staff accommodation, on the site of an existing primary healthcare clinic at the Chilaweni Village, Blantyre. The clinic aims to serve a catchment population of approximately 38,000 people living in 23 neighbouring villages. 24% of the population consists of women of child bearing age, 18% of the children being below the age of 5 and 5%  under the age of 1 year. The Mlambe Health & Social Trust (MhESt) will deliver and integrated training program led by a specialist Midwife trainer for a period of 18 months. It will also deliver community mobilisation, outreach health promotion, maternal and new-born health awareness and family planning. Once completed the Blantyre District Health Office  has agreed to take over all financial obligations of the Maternity unit.

The AMECA Trust, founded in 2006, is a registered charity in the UK and is incorporated as a Not for Profit Limited Company in Malawi. Its mission is to improve the delivery of healthcare in Malawi through focused and sustainable initiatives.

Type

Health / Education / Community Development

Duration

September 2019 – August 2021

Location

Chilaweni / Malawi

With whom

The AMECA Trust

Website

ameca.org.uk/

Malawi

Population
18.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 320/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
52% (2016)

Literacy rate
62% (2016)

Human Development Index
171st out of 189 countries (2018)

Malawi has been suffering from a deteriorating political environment since 2010, which has led to a weaker economy after five consecutive years of solid growth. Over 50% of the country's population lives below the poverty line and a quarter of the population is extremely poor. 37% of children under the age of five are suffering from stunting which hinders brain development, school performance, immunity and health. The country’s social indicators have nevertheless shown some improvements, notably a drop in HIV prevalence from 14% to 9%. Malawi is prone to natural disasters, primarily related to climate variability and change, which weakens its development.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.