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Worldwide Midwife shortage costing 1m lives

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Perhaps this is not surprising when you go on to read the example that there are only 46 working midwives in Rwanda where 400,000 babies are born each year! 

In Afghanistan, 1 in 5 children die before aged 5 which suggests perhaps that the lack of practicing midwives is not the only problem contributing to this statistic, but that child health in general has not been a priority on government agendas throughout the world.
I was encouraged to learn that world governments last year pledged to put health workers at the heart of their plans and preliminary data suggests some improvement in the statistics.  It will be interesting to see how the NHS rises to our own challenge of training and recruiting more midwives in the coming months and years.

Samantha Ward

Nurse advisor and medical researcher

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