International Midwifery Saves Lives
How do you save millions of lives relatively quickly and inexpensively throughout the third world without disrupting long standing cultures? Glad you asked. Get 350,000 women through school as certified midwives, from all over, then send them back to their communities.
Such an action would save as many as 3.6 million lives between 2011 and 2015, according to the United Nations Population Fund. Because midwifery is already an established and acceptable part of most third world cultures, the added training and health care provided by trained midwives who also provide health services at the level of a nurse to their communities. The UN report finds that a fully implemented midwifery program would reduce maternal and infant deaths by two-thirds.
The health of the women and infants in a community greatly affect the overall health rate as well as the economic success of a community. Shoring up health in this population is more than just a humanitarian mission, it works to stabilize families and communities as well.
In Somaliland, Edna Adan Maternal Hospital recognizes this and already has a large and successful midwifery training program. Replication of this model throughout the third world, hospitals for complicated births and attendance by midwives at all uncomplicated births, would meet the UN objectives. A recent mention by Nicholas Kristof gave h
What would it take to make this happen? Who would have to get behind it? What can you do to help? Changing the world happens one phone call, one email, one hand shake, one check at a time. What will you do?