Educate a Midwife - Save Women in Afghanistan

by Jhpiego
Mar 2, 2011

International Training lets Afghan Midwives Shine

Three Children in Afghanistan
Three Children in Afghanistan

Thank you for your generous donation to provide critical midwife training to women in Afghanistan.  The lifetime risk of maternal death in Afghanistan is as high as 1 in 6, one of the highest rates in the world.  That translates to one woman dying every 27 minutes due to childbirth.  With your help we are preventing those needless deaths

I wanted to share with you a recent story from the field about a group of Afghan midwives who had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Cairo for international training.  Many of the 30 women who participated had never traveled without a male chaperone, let alone left the country of Afghanistan, and the regionally diverse students picked up new skills to take back to soon-to-be moms in their communities.

With your continued support, our field staff will continue working with local women to create a generation of skilled birth attendants.  Since 2002, more than 2,500 midwives have been trained to serve moms-to-be.  Together, we can put an end to needless pregnancy related deaths one mother at a time.

Notes From the Conference

Midwife Shaiesta has delivered dozens of babies in Afghanistan, has educated numerous Afghan mothers on the benefits of safe birth spacing, and given countless other women information about how to raise healthy families. What she had never done before was leave her home and family to further her professional development and career.  “This was an unforgettable visit for me, and I promise to share the knowledge that I have gained here with all midwives and midwifery teachers,” Shaiesta said.

As another participant at the conference shared, the “experience wasn’t just about the training,” it was about gaining professional confidence in a society with few options for women.  Amana told trainers that the conference made her feel proud to be a midwife, giving her confidence in herself as an Afghan woman.  It’s stories like this that keep Jhpiego running.

Your support is already providing training material and lifesaving medical supplies to women dedicated to helping their fellow sisters.  With your donations we are teaching local women the tools of the trade, helping them pass those skills onto others, and ensuring that there will be skilled midwives in Afghanistan long after we’re gone.  I look forward to our continued work together, and hope that you will continue your generous support.


Melody McCoy

Midwives at Conference
Midwives at Conference



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Location: Baltimore, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Melody McCoy
Baltimore, Maryland United States

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