A United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) representative called for 5,000 more midwives in Yemen in order to allow the country to achieve universal access to skilled reproductive health care and reduce its maternal mortality rate. The additional midwives are urgently needed to meet needs of women, especially in rural regions of the country where about 6 in 10 women received no prenatal care, reports IRIN.
The representative, Mr. Hans Obdeijn, was presenting at a workshop organized by the Yemeni Midwives Association in honor of International Day of the Midwife earlier this month. "Every year 365 women die...in Yemen from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We can save these Yemeni women by getting midwives in their communities," Obdeijn added, reports the UNFPA.
Media Resources: UNFPA 5/6/08; IRIN 5/19/08; Medical News Today 5/5/08
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .