World Vision has come to the aid of Crisis Nursery in Lilongwe which cares for babies whose mothers died in childbirth.
The charitable non-governmental organisation—in response to a call for the care of an eight-month-baby boy—has donated various food items such as milk formula to the boy and other babies at the nursery.
The mother of the baby, name withheld, died in May 2016.
Crisis Nursery nurse and overseer Catherine Thom said the baby would have died due to malnutrition. “When we met him, he had a bacterial infection and was malnourished, despite giving proper orientation to his aunts. We realised that it was better we took care of him ourselves until he is fully developed,” she said.
Thom also advised women to go to the hospital in time for delivery to avoid maternal deaths.
Community Vulnerability Assistance Committee in Action (Covaca) representative Evance Tsoka told The Nation that the boy’s situation forced them to notify request from World Vision assistance World Vision for assistance.
A health surveillance assistant working in Chigodi area where the baby’s mother came from, Geoffrey Milanzi said home deliveries within the community continues to be a problem.
World Vision has promised to continue assisting the Chigodi community to curb maternal deaths. n