midwives

UN celebrates midwives during COVID-19 crisis because ‘childbirth doesn’t stop for pandemics’

With many national health systems totally overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, midwives are demonstrating courage and resilience as they support women and newborns in the toughest of circumstances, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights ‘backbone’ of health systems

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.

International Day of the Midwife: 5 things you should know

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.

UN Gender Focus: midwives in Libya, women’s economic empowerment and internet connectivity

Libyan women hampered by lack of midwives and gender-based violence

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Libyan women face 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).

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UN Gender Focus: Pakistani activist, Ugandan entrepreneur and midwives in South Sudan

Being a woman, human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky”

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Rise in midwives an “exciting story” from South Sudan

Four years ago, there were only 10 qualified midwives in South Sudan, which has a population of more than 12 million.

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Improved payment system in India means healthier mums and babies

Improvements in an incentive payment system for midwives in India has led to healthier mums and babies.

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