Stories of impact

Stories of impact


“We constantly ask, how can the choices we make have the greatest impact on the communities we serve?”


In the East African country of Malawi, many women die in labor because they are too far away from health services. MASS set out to address this by designing beautiful, functional, and comfortable maternal waiting homes, enabling expectant mothers to be in close proximity to health clinics as they bring new life into the world.

Role of design

In the earliest stages of design, MASS was able to create and test multiple design solutions to find the one that best met the goals of beauty, function, and comfort.

The 24- to 32- bed structures bring dignity to their inhabitants with the additions of natural light, communal gathering areas, kitchens, and bathroom amenities, while complying with government standards. Solar panels and windows regulate cooling and heating to ensure sustainability, and the natural beauty of the site and structure promote healing.


The beautifully designed maternal waiting homes are soon to be constructed and maternal mortality rates are expected to significantly drop as a result. The Ministry of Health in Malawi has plans to build more waiting homes, and has called for new sites to be considered.

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Mortality rates in Malawi are extremely high


Help expectant women get access to health care


Comfortable maternal waiting homes near health clinics