“I was in labour throughout the night and there is no electricity - so the clinical officer was having a hard time to check on me using a candle."
For mothers like Georgina, who live in the remote, rural area of Luangwa, Zambia, giving birth isn’t the joyful occasion it might be for us: it’s absolutely terrifying.
Their existing health centre is dilapidated and has only has one room with one bed, and little else. No water, no electricity, no bed linen, no specialist medical equipment. Georgina was forced to use her own wrapper to lie on – and had to buy her own candle.
Luckily, for Georgina, her baby survived. But this isn’t often the case - the maternal and infant mortality rate in Luangwa are among the highest in the world.
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The current health centre
“Standing there made me think of my own birthing experience and the horror I would have felt if it was me giving birth there.”
Sally Angelson, ChildFund New Zealand’s Programme Manager, and mum to toddler Maisy, recently visited the Luangwa Health Post and was absolutely horrified by the conditions there.
“It was just one fairly dirty room with one basic bed. There was a kidney shaped bowel holding all the tools used during birth which was pretty much just a scalpel and not much else. In New Zealand, during my own birthing experience, I counted that there were seven specialists in the room at one point - in a clean, free hospital that I was driven too. Thinking of the women here who probably have to walk, in the excruciating pain that is labour and to give birth in those circumstances is just incomparable.”
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Mothers in Kavalamanja, Zambia are giving birth at a dilapidated health centre
Forced to walk long distances, mothers in Kavalamanja, Zambia are giving birth at a dilapidated health centre which currently only has one room with a bed, and little else. No water, no electricity, no specialist medical equipment.