Lauren Kesler

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At Zomba Central Hospital in Zomba, Malawi, there is not a single doctor on staff. Instead, the hospital relies heavily on nurses. In the neonatal unit, the sickest babies are not only cared for by health care workers, but their dedicated mothers. These women sleep and eat at the hospital, providing around the clock care for their children. I traveled to Zomba with NeoTree, a research organisation bringing an innovative mHealth application to Malawi.

​A mother has a quiet moment while waiting to talk to a visiting doctor.
The neonatal unit was in the process of piloting an innovative tablet application aimed to assist nurses with the patient triage process.
A portrait of a mother | Zomba Central Hospital, Malawi
A young mother holds her premature baby | At this particular hospital, there is not a single doctor on staff and the hospital relies heavily on nurses and other health care workers.

​In this hospital, the mothers are as involved with the care of their baby as the healthcare workers. They sleep and eat at the hospital, providing care and regular feedings to their baby.
A young mother sits on the floor of the neonatal unit while preparing to feed her baby.​
​A mother holds her newborn.
​A baby sleeps while her mother stands nearby.
​A premature baby sleeps while wrapped in colourful, traditional Malawian cloth.
​A mother and baby pose for a photo.

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