I visited Bwaila Maternity unit last month while i was in Malawi taking photographs for Immpact, a charity based within Aberdeen University, they are a global research initiative for the evaluation of maternal and newborn health intervention strategies in developing countries. My experience at this city clinic was very different to the rural clinic i visited, the women were not so keen to be photographed and quite a few refused this obviously made it more difficult but i fully understood. The lovely midwife Florence (the nurse in blue) showed me around the hospital, from where the babies get weighed- in a door way! to the kangaroo care room, where premature babies get skin to skin contact with their mums, to the labour units, she was great! What really surprised me when i was given the tour was the amount of rooms dedicated to HIV, there was a HIV testing room, two rooms to let the women know if they were positive or negative and there was a room for babies to be tested and to let the mothers know if they had contracted HIV from them. It was quite tough to hear that as i was naive and thought everyone looked healthy, i spent four hours at the maternity unit and only scraped the surface, ideally i would visit regularly over a year.