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Malawi

Malawi

Babies being weighed for signs of malnutrition by Malawi medical staff at a baby clinic established by my Peace Corps partner and me at Namitambo in Chiradzulu District, Malawi, Central Africa, in 1966. I took this photo in 1966 at a child health clinic established by my Peace Corps partner and me at Malawi. It shows babies being weighed for signs of malnutrition by Malawi medical staff. In 1966 we started a child health clinic in Namitambo, an impoverished area with an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. The clinic focused on malnutrition, offering examination by medical staff and nutritional education for mothers. Because we lacked a facility, we were forced to conduct our program outdoors, on the porch of a building, as seen in the photo. We applied for assistance to the U.S. Embassy and they helped us with a $2,000 grant towards construction of a building. By the end of my standard two-year commitment, construction on the building was just starting. I remained in Malawi an extra year to oversee construction of a permanent building for the baby clinic. I have been told that the baby clinic building became the centerpiece of a flourishing public health program.