Training for Midwives in Afghanistan



Afghanistan is one of the riskiest places on earth for the health of mothers and children. Midwives are critical to the health and survival of mothers and their newborns. In partnership with USAID, Save the Children has started a school for midwives in Shiberghan, Afghanistan for midwifery training.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Afghanistan, only 14 percent of births are attended by skilled personnel and maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Afghan women face a 1 in 8 risk of dying from complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and 1 child in 5 dies before reaching age 5.

How will this project solve this problem?

Trained midwives are the key saving more mothers and newborns in Afghanistan.

Potential Long Term Impact

Since 2002, some 2,400 midwives have been trained. The number of women in rural Afghanistan whose deliveries are attended by skilled personnel has increased from 6% to 19%, the report says. On average, the midwifery training class supports 20 midwives;. bear this in mind—each midwife delivers a MINIMUM of six babies per year and works for on average 10 years after graduation. That's at least 60 healthy babies for every midwife trained

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,124

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,124 .  The original project funding goal was $50,000.


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Project Leader

Tara Fisher

Westport, CT United States

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