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 […]

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 […]

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Betraka, MADAGASCAR, AFRICA: Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower […]

UN and Afghan agency efforts set to bring better lives for women

UN and Afghan agency efforts set to bring better lives for women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNAMA) KABUL: Afghanistan has made significant progress on making conditions better for women to survive pregnancy and childbirth. Yet health workers say there remains room for more progress. Services throughout the country have improved the situation. Currently 34 percent of Afghan mothers are able to benefit from hospitals and midwives services for their […]

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 […]

In Kurdistan, Maternal Mortality Remains A Concern

In Kurdistan, Maternal Mortality Remains A Concern

 RAWA ABDULLAH – Rudaw – Wednesday, 24 August 2011 (originally published 15 Aug) ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — When Rasul’s pregnant wife began bleeding, he immediately got her in the car and sped her to the hospital. A short while later, he was devastated to learn that she died while in labor at the hospital. Rasul, […]