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Afghan Rural Midwifery

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February 04, 2011

We can save 7 of 10 women and children with this basic training -- high tech medicine can come later!  See more

BENEFITING: Mountain 2 Mountain

Gareth Glaser


Globally, pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls ages 15-19. The average Afghan woman gives birth to seven children. One in every 62 women who live in Afghanistan die during childbirth. In remote locations, that number is as high as one in 16. Maternal deaths are the second highest in the world, where ONE woman dies EVERY 30 minutes.

The infant mortality rate in Afghanistan is the highest in the world and one in four children die before reaching their fifth birthday.

Trained rural midwives working in rural communities could prevent the majority of these deaths.

M2M takes a decentralized approach to the problem with a village-based training program for local women to become skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Candidates learn enough during a series of intensive four-week trainings to prevent nearly 70% of maternal and newborn deaths.

An immediate ripple effect is felt after the first four weeks. Birthing deaths decline and community health improves as SBAs teach techniques in basic sanitation and prenatal care. Each SBA receives a stipend. The roles these women play in their families and villages shifts as they contribute money to the family and begin to play an active role the social and economic fabric of the village.


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