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Mother nature: how a hospital garden is nourishing pregnant women in Zimbabwe

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 22 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l301
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. Mwenezi, Zimbabwe
Jordi Matas/British Red Cross

The mother to be Nation Mugwadi (in brown dress) examines the vegetables that continue to grow despite the blazing Zimbabwean sunshine. It’s 37°C and she’s three weeks from term, but she is happy to help out in the “nutrition garden” at Mwenezi District Hospital, where she is due to give birth.

Mugwadi and her fellow volunteers are part of a project to improve the diet of pregnant and lactating women. They grow spinach, butternut squash, maize, and more, which they eat during their stay in hospital. Previously they had to bring in their …

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