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placeholderMalawi  DREAM center in Phalula, Malawi

Thanks to the funds granted by National Crime Agency (NCA) for the improvement of maternal care in the district of Balaka, it was possible to sustain a maternity unit at the hospital in Phalula and start services for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of AIDS. Two nurses were trained to manage the services and a computer program to facilitate the organization of the center was also installed. In the case that a doctor is not available, the nurses can serve as a mediator between the patient and the supervising doctor of Balaka. Blood tests, nutritional support, and Dried Blood Spots (a test administered as a preliminary check if a child has HIV) are given to every woman that goes to the center. There is a group of women activists of DREAM who are in charge of health education as well as following up with any woman who misses her appointment. Even with very limited resources, it was possible to exponentially increase the number of services and the quality of those services administered at the center.