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- 1. Midwifery Education in the Middle East and North Africa
In most Arab States midwives face challenges similar to those in many other countries: low status of women, gender issues, and being subjected to nurse and/or doctor and employer abuse or conflict. The lack of a distinctive representative body or having one that is not structured or credible has led to an undefined role for midwives in society. Moreover, in the absence of enabling legislation and practice regulation or formal recognition and support for midwives, young girls (and their families) are reluctant to pursue an education or career in midwifery.
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- By Atf Gherissi, PhD, MEdSc, CM, Assistant Professor in Health Science Education at Université Tunis-El Manar