Mozambique (ICRC) - Many pregnant women in the central Mozambique town of Cagole and surrounds give birth at home with some facing complications during delivery.
Without knowing their expected due date, some would travel distances of four to 14 kilometres to the nearest hospital where they would wait out the last few days or weeks of their pregnancy, even if that meant waiting under a tree or nearby hut.
To help pregnant women have better access to health care, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) built a home on the grounds of the maternity clinic to accommodate pregnant women. The construction of the home followed the rehabilitation of the Cagole Health Centre. The Cagole area was affected by armed violence between the government and armed opposition between 2013 and 2016.
The Casa Mae Espera in Cagole is one of six homes of this type built in Mozambique.