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MASS Design Group designs and constructs buildings that improve people's lives — like homes for women about to give birth.
In the East African country of Malawi, many women die in labor because they live so far from health services.
Maternal waiting villages near health clinics give pregnant women a safe, beautiful place to wait for their labor to start.
MASS Design tested multiple designs incorporating up to 32 beds plus communal kitchens, bathrooms, and social space. The final designs incorporate natural light and include solar windows and panels for sustainable heating and cooling.
The new maternal waiting village gives women a place to stay near health clinics until they go into labor. Malawi's maternal and neonatal mortality rates are expected to drop significantly.
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