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Midwives Can Reduce the Number of Preventable Deaths From Pre-Eclampsia: Research from Kenya and Nigeria

This International Day of the Midwife, learn from the Population Council on how they are working with midwives to reduce preventable deaths from Pre-Eclampsia.

From Malaria Prevention to Postpartum Family Planning, Midwives Are Changing the Story for Women in Rural Senegal

For our World Health Worker Week blog series, we are featuring a number of posts that focus on different cadres of health workers, within health workforce teams. This great piece from IntraHealth International focuses on a midwife named Fatou in Senegal.

Frontline Voices for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Universal Coverage Efforts

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the hot topic in development circles, enticing health officials, governments, civil society, and other stakeholders with the promise of affordable, accessible health services to all—reducing poverty and improving wellbeing in the process. Preparations...

Learning from Health Workforce Strategies in Somaliland: Five Questions for Edna Adan

Edna Adan is a name familiar to many of us who work to strengthen health workforces around the world. Enda’s a strong and dazzling force dedicated to ending preventable and maternal death in Somaliland and eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation. Taking time out of a busy schedule at the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York, Edna, a longstanding friend of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, answered some of our questions.

Midwives: Drivers and Leaders in Addressing MNCH Gaps

All communities deserve to have access to locally trained and supported health workers. Key to achieving this goal is greater inclusion of midwives in decision-making roles in the national government, because unless midwives voices are represented at that level, policymaking decisions and priorities risk being misaligned with the needs on the ground.

Hygiene in health facilities: Supporting health workers to lead quality care

May 5th marks two important global advocacy days — Hand Hygiene Day and International Day of the Midwife. This year’s Hand Hygiene Day campaign focuses on the prevention of sepsis, and International Day of the Midwife celebrates midwives leading the way with quality care.

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...
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...