Midwives save lives. Approximately two thirds of all maternal and neonatal deaths could be prevented by implementing quality midwifery services. But in Afghanistan, more than 50% of births take place without a skilled birth attendant. The country is still considered as one of the most dangerous places for a woman to give birth. Mothers and infants in poor and underserved communities are at greatest risk.
It is within this context that our midwifery project remains committed to training midwives in provinces where access to healthcare is particularly limited. This year, we trained midwives in Panjsher. In October, we will train midwives in the province of Takhar.
Four new training modules (based on the newest methods and latest research) are currently being developed by the Haute École de Santé in Geneva using funding from the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation. We also hope to develop a module on maternal and infant nutrition, pending funding.
We would like to thank you once again for supporting us in our quest to improve access to quality healthcare in Afghanistan, and ultimately to reduce maternal and infant deaths. Please share our project details with friends and family, so we can continue to save lives.
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