Training Midwives in Afghanistan

by Action for Development (AfD)
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Training Midwives in Afghanistan
Training Midwives in Afghanistan
Training Midwives in Afghanistan
Training Midwives in Afghanistan
Training Midwives in Afghanistan
May 26, 2022

Midwifery Training Report; So Far in 2022

Mother & child after delivery by widwife at AfD
Mother & child after delivery by widwife at AfD

In our ‘2021 Annual Report’ on Training Midwives in Afghanistan, we expressed the delays and challenges that have been caused largely by the Taliban takeover, their limiting expectations, and the changes to a functioning administrative system. These factors have created barriers in accessing healthcare, especially for females, as well as a decline in the quality of healthcare and healthcare professionals including adequately trained midwives. 

We are happy to announce that our re-registration processes have been completed, the brand new MoUs established and signed with the current authorities of the Ministry of Health - allowing AfD to take the next steps in the implementation of its health projects, particularly in providing training to midwives. A total of 20 midwives from Logar province have been nominated to receive the ToT training, who will then train an additional 80 midwives in their respective locations. The training will contain 10 modules that AfD has established through its collaboration with the Midwifery School of Geneva. We will keep you posted with the new pictures and reports about the process of the training and its outcomes.

The re-registration process as well as the demanded changes have created administrative back-ups, and left many not feeling comfortable, or even allowed to leave their homes to seek healthcare, to study, or to work. The health systems are currently facing huge unpredictability for the future. Recent reports show that medical stores have supplies of essential medicine only for the next two months. Food prices are rising, and poor nutrition prevails over the entire country among children, pregnant and lactating women.   

In Afghanistan, thousands of women die from preventable pregnancy related deaths each year at an alarming rate. Historically during Taliban controlled regimes in Afghanistan, the number of midwives being trained decrease, and maternal and child mortality rates increase. A correlation can be seen between the rates of available, adequately trained midwives and the rates of mortality.

All of these factors result in a decline in the positive growth that the Nation and AfDs’ Training Midwives in Afghanistan project was achieving such as reducing child mortality. The steps towards progress, reduced child mortality, and overall well-being for women of reproductive age are to continue to train midwives in Afghanistan, have freedom of movement, and remove the barriers to 1. Accessing Healthcare and 2. Midwifery Training.

According to the United Nations National Survey, in 2000 at the end of a 4-year Taliban rule, 100 of every 1000 Afghan babies died before their 1st birthday. Between 2001-2015 the number of deaths fell dramatically to 66-45 per 1000. Today Afghanistan is still listed as having the highest infant mortality in the world, which concludes that it is even more important now to work towards training more midwives in Afghanistan so history will not repeat itself, which is highly likely unless intervention occurs, and programs like AfDs midwifery training continues to be supported.

Action for Development continues to move forward in unprecedented times, working for the lives of children, mothers, families, and for the benefit of the citizens of Afghanistan who need our support, and who should not be affected by the on-going conflict. AfDs project, Training Midwives in Afghanistan is a stable benchmark to progress in a country whose violence interrupts the very basic human needs of women and children. 

Woman & child receiving healthcare at AfD facility
Woman & child receiving healthcare at AfD facility
Local women discussing healthcare with AfD
Local women discussing healthcare with AfD
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