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The Answer for Indigenous Mothers? Native Midwives

Vietnam, like many low- or middle-income countries, showed improvement in maternal and newborn mortality during the era of the Millennium Development Goals, but a gap remains between disadvantaged groups and more privileged groups. Poverty, education, language and geography are among the many barriers to health care.

Caroline Mtani is fierce about helping mothers and babies

Tanzania continues to face a severe shortage of frontline health workers like doctors, nurse midwives and assistant medical officers. Touch’s Treat & Train program tackles this gap in Tanzania’s health system.

Karamoja’s Mothers and Children Reap the Benefits of Health Systems Investments

By Lindsey Freeze, IntraHealth International This post originally appeared on Vital, IntraHealth International's blog. Veronica Munges, 19, holds her newborn hours after his birth at Nadunget Health Center III in Moroto, Uganda. Photos by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International. Jane Atim...

A Malawian frontline midwife speaks

By Mtondera Munthali for White Ribbon Alliance I am Mtondera Munthali, a midwife from Mzuzu city in the north of Malawi. My job is a very busy one. I’m in charge of the labor ward where 15 to 20 babies are born every day. I’m responsible for making sure there are enough midwives with enough...

International Day of the Midwife: Midwives, Mothers and Families are Partners for Life

By Nancy Kamwendo, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Malawi Midwives everywhere understand that by working in partnership with women and their families they can support them to make better decisions to have a safe and fulfilling birth. Today, May 5, the world commemorates their day – the...

From the frontlines of care: Q&A with Ugandan midwife Venny Musasizi

By Gillian Leitch, Jhpiego Uganda At the 2017 Nurses and Midwives Symposium in Kampala, Uganda, I had the opportunity to speak with Venny Musasizi, an inspiring midwife working in one of the hardest to reach districts in Uganda. The symposium was co-hosted by Jhpiego, Seed Global Health, Peace Corps...

Unlikely health workers in Bangladesh: Celebrating female frontline health workers on International Women’s Day

Every year, on International Women’s Day, the global health community takes the opportunity to celebrate the progress made for gender equality and women’s health and rights around the world.

Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: Empowering health workers to save lives

by Shafia Rashid, Management Sciences for Health. This blog was originally posted on Rights and Realities, the FCI Program of MSH. In Senegal, approximately 1,800 women lose their lives every year while giving birth. The major cause of these deaths is uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth, or...

Improving Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in Zambia through Pre-Service Training

By Maura Christopher, American College of Nurse-Midwives Imagine being a novice midwife in rural Zambia. You’re working in a peripheral health center in a remote area where you are the only health worker. You are totally alone except for a cleaner and a guard. You regularly confront emergency...

Malawi Struggles in Providing Quality and Accessible Maternal Care

By Enock Mnyenyembe, White Ribbon Alliance. Malawi Introduction by Elena Ateva, White Ribbon Alliance. The vital contributions of midwifery for women and newborns to survive and thrive is well recognized. The 2014 Lancet Series on Midwifery proved the case for a renewed commitment to midwifery that...

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