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First Baby Born in Icelandic Delivery Room in Malawi

iceida-logoThe first baby was born in a new delivery room in Monkey Bay in Malawi a few days ago, which was developed by Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA). Another delivery room is underway.

Stefán Jón Hafstein, divisional manager of ICEIDA in Malawi, told that the event is very joyous. The delivery room is a dramatic change as there was only room for two women in labor in the previous facilities.

Now there are eight delivery beds in a spacious and brightly-lit ward where a total of 24 women and their children can be assisted. Every day 16 women on average die in childbirth in Malawi, which is among the highest death rates in the world.

“One of the millennium goals is to decrease deaths of such causes and try to give as many women as possible the opportunity to deliver babies in a safe environment,” Hafstein said.

C-sections are also performed in the ward and there are facilities for women to recover after surgery. The other new delivery room is being built in a remote area and will open in May 2011.

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