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International Midwife Day Celebrated In Kabul

On May 3rd, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in association with the Midwives Association and USAID, held a ceremony in Kabul to mark International Midwife Day, celebrating the achievements and successes of maternal and midwifery services in Afghanistan.

The theme of this year’s International Midwife Day is “the world needs midwives now more than ever.”

The presence of a midwife at birth is said to be the single most impactful factor in reducing maternal mortality and is said to also greatly improves the baby’s chance of survival. In line with Afghanistan’s Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality by 50% by 2014, the MoPH is increasing the number of trained and skilled midwives at birth, particularly in remote and rural areas.