Shahrbanoo, a young midwife working in Bamyan Province in Afghanistan, is a graduate of the community midwifery education system, which was established by the Afghan government with support from USAID and Jhpiego. More than 3,000 skilled midwives have graduated from accredited schools in this system and are working today to save the lives of mothers and newborns. A significant reduction in maternal deaths in Afghanistan reported in 2010 has been attributed to these new midwives who bring skilled care to women where they live. Midwifery school graduates have an education and a job to help them provide for their families.
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