Project Launch: 12-23-19
Through this project, Wandikweza, a community health organization, will complete the construction of the maternal waiting shelter at Chakhadza Health Center. Once completed, the shelter will provide accommodation to pregnant women in their final weeks of pregnancy to allow them easy access to professional obstetric care during childbirth. While at the shelter, women will receive health education and counselling as they prepare for delivery. Additionally, pregnant women and their guardians will learn creative entrepreneurship activities such as knitting, beading, and hand sewing to help them generate income in their homes. The project will enable pregnant women to comfortably wait and easily walk to the ward when labor starts for safe delivery.
Wandikweza has completed 80% of the work at the Chakhaza Health Center Maternal Waiting Shelter completion project. The work included plastering, painting, fixing doors and windows and construction of drainage systems and pathways. Procurement of furniture and solar lighting is yet to be fixed. Once completed, the shelter will increase the number of women who currently deliver at clinics with help of qualified nurses thereby reducing maternal related deaths. Currently, Chakhaza Health Center Maternal Waiting Shelter receives only three women per day because of limited waiting space to allow women wait days prior to delivery. Vincent Machila, Chairperson of the Village Development Committee says, “We are so grateful for this shelter. Currently we have antenatal and postnatal mothers in one room that does not even have mattresses. We are excited that this shelter is going to encourage pregnant women to wait here, be close to the health center and have a safe delivery when labour starts.”