UNFPA supports midwives & the International Day of the Midwife.
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director, sent a message in
advance of the International Day of the Midwife: 'Every day,
midwives are saving women's lives by making delivery safe. Their
essential care before, during and after delivery ensures that no woman
dies giving life. When women are healthy, families are healthy. And when
families are healthy, the well-being of communities and nations also
'... UNFPA pays tribute to the work of midwives around the
world and calls for increased investments to train and retain midwives
where they are most needed. Together with partners, UNFPA is starting a
new programme to promote midwifery around the world.
'Every minute another woman dies in childbirth. We can save
these women by getting midwives in their communities. By investing in
midwives, governments can achieve universal access to reproductive
health and the fifth Millennium Development Goal, to improve maternal
'There is an urgent need for 334 thousand midwives around the
world. ... When they are properly trained, empowered and supported,
midwives offer the most cost-effective and high-quality path to maternal
and newborn health.... In places where these services are widely
available, accessible and affordable, maternal and newborn deaths are
declining and the well-being of families and communities is improved....
The work of midwives is an essential element of primary health care and
helps strengthen health systems.
'...UNFPA renews its support to achieving quality midwifery
care as a way to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and build healthy
families, communities and nations.'
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