In Afghanistan, maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Many deaths could be prevented, but most families are still without access to basic healthcare, especially those living in rural areas. Midwifery training is key to improving women's access to the healthcare they need, and to improving maternal and infant health outcomes. AfD's Midwifery Program aims to train midwives so that they are capable of handling complex cases in rural areas.
Every two hours a woman in Afghanistan dies due to pregnancy related causes (UNICEF). In the current conditions, approximately one in 50 women has a lifetime risk of dying due to pregnancy related causes (UNICEF). AfD's Midwifery Program focuses on contributing to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Afghanistan.
AfD's Midwifery Program has a cascading format in which ten midwives are intensively trained to become midwife trainers. The midwife trainers train an additional 90 midwives. Key knowledge can therefore be continually imparted with reduced cost. So far, AfD has trained 232 midwives who have assisted over 200, 000 pregnant women and new mothers. With your support, we can continue training midwives to provide mothers and their infants with the care they need to survive and thrive.
Improving the capacity of midwives enables them to provide quality services to expectant mothers, thereby improving maternal and infant health outcomes and reducing mortality rates. As each midwife could attend 175 pregnant women a year (WHO), training 100 midwives would directly benefit 17,500 women. The program indirectly contributes to women's rights and empowerment, which is vital for eradication of poverty.