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Torchlight Africa

How rechargeable tricycles are saving pregnant mothers and newborns in rural Zimbabwe.

By Farai Shawn Matiashe (Lead Writer) In Zana 3, Wedza District, 131 kilometres south of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Talent Zindi, 21, a subsistence farmer, is inspecting the ear flowers of a maize plant in her field. She will be harvesting her maize crop in two weeks. Zindi says the harvest season reminds her […]

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Torchlight Africa

Sharing is Caring: Kenya’s Only Breast Milk Bank Expresses Care for Vulnerable Newborns

By Christabel Ligami (Lead Writer) Esther Wawire, 23, delivered her daughter at Kenya’s Punwani Hospital two weeks ago, but was unable to breastfeed due to complications arising from the delivery. “I had high blood pressure, so my baby was born earlier than expected, weighing 800 grams,” she said. “My pressure didn’t go down immediately, and […]

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Torchlight Series

Milky Express: Nigerian made lactation options for breastfeeding mothers

Titilayo Medunoye gave birth to her first child, her lovely daughter Lani, in 2014. The new mother was understandably excited about her baby and like all new mothers, was keen about properly breastfeeding her child. But, she began to have difficulties breastfeeding. “I had a difficult pregnancy and I was looking forward to having the […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Crib A’Glow: Saving tiny hearts in the FCT through technology

Placed on a hospital cupboard about two meters from the ground, the little box glows with a brilliant blue light, beautiful in the dark. Unlike the normal incubator used in Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), the box measures approximately about 1m x 0.5m x1m (3ft x 2ft x 2ft) and weighs a little above 5 […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Good report – BUT how do we move from reports to impact

Every year our Federal Ministry of Health, and the multitude of development partners at its service produce hundreds of reports about their plans and activity. Most of these reports are hidden away on dusty shelves, deep inside websites that no one goes to. Many of the reports are poor and will not stand the scrutiny of enlightened […]