WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
Malawi has the highest rate of premature births in the world and prematurity is the single largest cause of neonatal death. Nearly 1 in 5 babies are born premature leaving them at high risk of birth complications such as difficulty in feeding, breathing and regulating body temperature.
Yet Pregnancy Twinning's Mother Buddies make a real difference – they visit vulnerable women throughout pregnancy and childbirth to ensure the expectant mum is educated about factors that can increase the risk of prematurity, receives good antenatal care, and gives birth in a clinic with a professional in attendance. They visit families three times in that crucial first week of life and offer practical help with everything from providing nutrition advice to giving baby's first blanket.