Peace or war? Midwives keep telling us — a global issue

This year, the key role of midwives in the ongoing climate crisis is in the spotlight.

Every two minutes a woman or girl dies from pregnancy-related complications, and this figure Climate change could get worse Said UNFPAhighlighting the important role that midwives play in mitigating these risks.

“When a crisis occurs, midwives are often the first on the scene, especially in remote areas. They know that Babies are born regardless of the circumstances of the woman giving birth.– whether she is resting at home or fleeing home due to conflict or disaster,” said UNFPA Director-General Dr.Natalia Kanemsaid in a statement commemorating the day..

In addition to their immediate duties of attending births, midwives provide up to 90 percent of other sexual and reproductive health services.

when war broke out

As conflict appears to be escalating, the importance of midwives as critical health care providers is increasing. Their role extends beyond assisting women during childbirth to providing vital psychological support to women and children in distress.

United Nations World Health Organization (who) commemorated the day with a video introducing Samar Nazmi Muwafi, a midwife and head nurse at Al-Emarati Hospital in Gaza.

Despite her heavy workload, which sees up to 500 female patients in the hospital’s emergency room each day, she stays energized by focusing on patient care.

“I learned to smile. I always draw a smile to give patients a sense of security,” says Samar Nazmi Muwafi.

acute deficit

there is a serious problem There is a shortage of approximately 1 million midwives worldwide.. Reports of harsh working conditions, gender discrimination leading to low wages, and harassment deter many from entering the profession.

According to UNFPA data for 2023; 287,000 women continue to die each year during childbirth.Approximately 2.4 million newborns died Another 2.2 million people are stillborn.

UNFPA says universal access to midwives provides the best and most cost-effective solution to ending preventable maternal deaths. By resolving the midwife shortage, Two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths could be preventedsaving more than 4.3 million lives a year by 2035.

UNFPA has already supported the education and training of more than 350,000 midwives in line with international standards to improve the quality of care provided by countries, and that work continues.

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