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Bwaila Maternity unit, Malawi

April 30th, 2014 by

Aberdeen photographers:

I visited Bwaila Maternity unit last month while i was in Malawi taking photographs for Immpact, a charity based within Aberdeen University, they are a global research initiative for the evaluation of maternal and newborn health intervention strategies in developing countries.  My experience at this city clinic was very different to the rural clinic i visited, the women were not so keen to be photographed and quite a few refused this obviously made it more difficult but i fully understood.  The lovely midwife Florence (the nurse in blue) showed me around the hospital, from where the babies get weighed- in a door way! to the kangaroo care room, where premature babies get skin to skin contact with their mums, to the labour units, she was great!  What really surprised me when i was given the tour was the amount of rooms dedicated to HIV, there was a HIV testing room, two rooms to let the women know if they were positive or negative and there was a room for babies to be tested and to let the mothers know if they had contracted HIV from them.  It was quite tough to hear that as i was naive and thought everyone looked healthy, i spent four hours at the maternity unit and only scraped the surface, ideally i would visit regularly over a year.

 

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

Bwaila; maternal health malawi; donna murray photography 01 (13a)

Bwaila; maternal health malawi; donna murray photography 01 (13b)

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

Bwaila; maternal health malawi; donna murray photography 01 (45a)

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawimaternal health in Malawi

 

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

maternal health in Malawi

Bwaila; maternal health malawi; donna murray photography 01 (90)

Bwaila; maternal health malawi; donna murray photography 01 (99)

 

 

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