In Kamuzu Central Hospital, I met a woman who had a child in need of blood transfusion. She was just asking every passers-by to help her by donating blood to her sick child. No one responded. I began to think that if there were many blood donors or many people coming forward to give, the woman would not be in such a condition.
Pilirani Chagazu saved his sister's life. Rose lost a lot of blood while giving birth to twins and he was the voluntary blood donor needed to make sure she survived. Pilirani now leads a voluntary blood donation group of over 60 members who all give blood to save mothers and their babies.
What are the latest numbers on maternal and newborn health in Malawi? How do they vary between urban and rural areas? When young Malawian women are educated, how much more likely are they to gain access to contraception?
The Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) tracks progress on maternal and child health and we've visualised the latest numbers.
Check out all of the infographics, source data and analysis here.