The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
Why are midwives important? What impact have they had on mothers’ and babies’ health? As the United Nations celebrates midwives across the world on Sunday, here are five things you should know about the critical role they play in communities.
Libyan women hampered by lack of midwives and gender-based violence
Libyan women are suffering from a rise in gender-based violence and a lack of trained midwives, making childbirth more hazardous.
That’s according to Georges Makram Georgi, from the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPA).
Being a woman, human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky”
Four years ago, there were only 10 qualified midwives in South Sudan, which has a population of more than 12 million.
Improvements in an incentive payment system for midwives in India has led to healthier mums and babies.