Elizabeth Katilo, a 26 year old mother from Viwandani slums only got to hold her son for a few hours. She was expecting to deliver him on December of 2014. However, on the 25th of October, the unexpected occurred. After having her supper, she started experiencing sharp pains. Unbeknown to her, she was going into labor.
Her Community Health Worker, Teresia Nditi came to her aid. However, by the time she got there, Elizabeth had already delivered. “The baby was underweight, he only weighed 1.4 kgs” Teresia recounted. They did all they could to try and save him. He didn’t make it.
Unfortunately, such stories have become common in urban informal settlement. But it doesn’t have to be that way. APHRC, through the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project (PAMANECH) is working to change this narrative. So far, the project has:
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