Midwives and Midwifery
History & Mission
In Afghanistan, decades of war, civil strife and a weakened economy, coupled with repressive attitudes toward women, has led to a tragically high number of maternal and newborn deaths. With a maternal mortality ratio of 460 for every 100,000 live births, Afghan women have a 1 in 32 chance of dying in childbirth. The most effective way of reducing these unnecessary deaths is through the promotion of midwifery in the country, which is why WRA Afghanistan’s coalition of midwives, health workers and organizations is working to create a national Nursing and Midwifery Council that can operate effectively throughout the country.
The majority of Afghan women are not attended to by a skilled health worker during childbirth, leading to preventable deaths of women and newborns.
The government must create a Nursing and Midwifery Council to promote skilled maternity care, protecting women and newborns.
Afghanistan’s health system lacks a Nursing and Midwifery Council, which protects the health and safety of the public by ensuring that midwives and nurses are competent and fit to practice their profession. Without a national standard on the quality of maternal and newborn health services, maternal mortality rates will rise.
After working for over a decade, for many years in secret, midwives, health workers and organizations joined together to become a WRA National Alliance in 2013, specifically to advocate for the creation of a national Nursing and Midwifery Council.
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Health Policy Plus Project