There's a Serious Shortage of Midwives

Midwives help reduce maternal mortality and keep mothers and children healthy. And the World Health Organization says we need a lot more of them.

London's Guardian reports today that:

In order to provide universal access to reproductive, maternal and newborn health services in the 51 countries with the lowest incomes and highest burden of disease, more than 4.2 million health workers are required.


The World Health Organization recognizes the role that midwives play in reducing infant mortality rates and wants to increase the number of midwives. Unicef offers 18-month midwife training programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan right now. You can watch some videos about the program's success here.

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