From Peace Corps Wiki
Info about the Maternity Construction
The current maternity building was built in 1974 and is worn-out and barely functioning. The closest source of water is a robinet located about 50 yards away (also turned off on Market Day). The building is too small to accommodate the large crowds of women who come in on market day for their pre- and post-natal check-ups, forcing them to sit outside in the sun. The building itself is located in the middle of the livestock portion of largest market for over 30 miles—which caters to a considerable amount of people who rely on the goods brought in to sustain their families until the following week.. There is no restroom and it caters to pregnant women. The floor is crumbling, the walls are continuously dirty, and the files are overflowing.
The volunteer before me started a new maternity on the grounds of the CSCOM and pharmacy, but halfway through the project the funding fell through, so now it is literally just a set of walls with no floor or ceiling and a bulk of the materials just lying in piles surrounding the structure.
There are several advantages to the new location: a robinet, on the grounds, that is always on, more peaceful surroundings, access to bathrooms, an NGO-installed solar powered water heating unit that is literally feet from the new maternity site. Up-to-date, cleaner facilities and vital windows with screens to protect the newborns from an early run in with malaria. Also, a portion of the funding will go towards building a hangar that will provide a quite and comfortable place for women to sit while they wait. This area will also be a prime place for the matrone to give animations and perform formations that will teach the women about preventative measures that will eventually result in less visitations to the already overcrowded CSCOM (health center).