Maternity in Malawi is a DIY gamble

Hospitals in Malawi are expecting pregnant women to supply their own delivery kits – including unsterilised plastic sheets used during childbirth – amid a growing public health crisis aggravated by a budget squeeze.

An amaBhungane investigation revealed the widespread use of private delivery kits, which are seen as exposing mothers and newborns to postnatal infection.

Postnatal sepsis accounts for between a third and half of neonatal deaths in Malawi.

The funding shortfalls facing hospitals and clinics have been worsened by a development aid embargo by major donors in reaction to the plundering of government funds in the Cashgate scandal.

Read it at the M&G.