Mother and Baby (Mama na Mwana)



One in 29 women in Malawi has a lifetime risk of dying from complications in pregnancy or childbirth. For every death, there are many more women who suffer illness, injury or disability.

Out of every one thousand children born in Malawi, 43 of them will not reach their first birthday. Motherless children are also up to 10 times more likely to die in the two years after their mother’s death. The simple fact is that most of these deaths can be prevented.


St John Malawi is running a maternal and child health programme to tackle high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. 


We are supporting the local government’s efforts to improve the availability of timely and essential care for pregnant women and new mothers with babies. In the first two years after its launch, our Mother and Baby programme reached a total of 6,800 people with low-cost and high quality activities.

With support from St John International, the Mother and Baby programme can stop needless deaths. St John International are focusing on community led health programmes working across Sub-Saharan Africa in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. With their help, we will save lives.


Our volunteers make door-to-door visits to support expectant and new parents, encourage them to use medical services early and often enough. They also help families to develop a birth plan and what to do in an emergency. Community health education sessions reach women and girls before their first or next pregnancy, and promotes wider support among community members for pregnant women and new mothers.

St John also supplies a basic package of support to local clinics, such as scales to weigh pregnant women and newborns, blood pressure monitors and sterilising equipment. In remote villages, where health services are not available, our volunteers work together with local health staff to provide outreach clinics. These makeshift clinics in tents or spare rooms provide HIV testing, family planning, and checks for pregnant women, new mothers and babies. 



The Mother and Baby Programme is funded by: