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New Cadre of Laotian Midwives Saving Lives

XIENG KHOUANG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic — Pregnant again after suffering a stillbirth and a miscarriage at home, Ta Sivilay is comforted to know help is now available nearby.

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Executive Director Speaks about the Importance of Midwifery

"Midwives are central to the achievement of all three health-related MDGs — 4, 5 and 6–to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria," said UNFPA's Executive…

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Stories of Midwives: Voices from the Field

"I became a midwife because I knew too many women were dying during pregnancy,” explains Huma Awar Sumadi, a midwife in Khaspak, Afghanistan.

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Durban Congress Highlights the Vital Role of Midwives

DURBAN, South Africa – More midwives are needed worldwide, and adequate numbers of midwives could save 3.6 million lives a year.

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New Web Applications Highlight Work of Midwives Around the World

EXETER, England — Over a four-day weekend in April, an assorted mix of creative professionals and technology experts came together in a small room at the University of Exeter to build new web-based tools to highlight…

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Midwives Deliver in Uzbekistan

While nearly all deliveries in Uzbekistan take place in maternity hospitals under the supervision of a skilled birth attendant, the level of care provided is inconsistent. Although two thirds of the Uzbek population is…

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Mixed Messages: Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Health and the Media

Pregnancy is the number one killer worldwide of women aged 15 to 19. Each day, some 500,000 young people, mostly young women, are infected with curable sexually transmitted infections and 250,000 contract HIV.

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Scarce Funding Creates Uncertain Future for Refugees in the Republic of Congo

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — “The women I see are usually in a critical state. They are destitute and don’t have any means to support themselves,” says Albertine Lelo, a midwife in Dongou, a small town in the…

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Maternal Health: Reviewing Progress and Looking Ahead

UNITED NATIONS, New York — Donors, representing both governments and the private sector, today joined UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and staff to review major achievements made possible by the Maternal…

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