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Zimbabwe ‘Waiting Homes’ Aim to Improve Maternal Care

Sebastian Mhofu HARARE, ZIMBABWE— In some remote Zimbabwean districts, local communities and governments have created “maternity waiting homes” at hospitals, where expecting mothers can stay during the last six weeks of their pregnancies. The homes, built with European Union funding, are aimed at reducing maternal mortality and educating new mothers about how to look after their newborns. That is Nomalanga, a newborn child crying at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Lupane district, about 600 kilometers southwest of Harare. She is next to her mother, Sethule Ndlovu, one of the women who have…