New report highlights global midwife shortage

New report highlights global midwife shortage

Joe DeCapua for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report said there’s a severe shortage of midwives in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those countries suffer 96 percent of the world’s maternal deaths and more than 90 percent of stillbirths and newborn deaths. The […]

Celebrating The Unsung Hero In Your Delivery Room

Celebrating The Unsung Hero In Your Delivery Room

Frances Ganges – Huffington Post – 06 May 2014 (originally published 05 May) It is 6 am in Tanzania. Ruka gets up as she does every morning, feeds her chickens and then walks the short distance to the health center. Ruka is the only midwife working at the small health center, which is a few […]

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Ending infant mortality worldwide requires that birth attendants address birth asphyxia

Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing infant mortality by two thirds before 2015, birth […]

Ugandan midwife speaks to current health needs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ugandan midwife speaks to current health needs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sabine Clappaert – WNN Features (WNN) Deauville, FRANCE : “I came here to stand up for the voiceless mothers of Africa,” says thirty-one-year-old Ugandan nurse midwife and woman’s advocate Esther Madudu at Global Meeting 2011 of the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society in Deauville, France. She begins with murmured conversations dying down to hear […]

How SA fails its poor mothers

How SA fails its poor mothers

MIA MALAN – IPS – 18 August, 2011 (originally published 14 Aug) The birth pangs arrived without much warning at all. They cut through her, forcing her to double up, melting the icy chill of early morning with hot pain. The searing cramps were announcing the impending arrival of 22-year-old Noyise Mtshonisi’s first child. The young […]