Jhpiego

Afghanistan June 2010

Years of isolation and war in Afghanistan, has led the infant mortality rate to be the highest in the world, and the maternal mortality ratio is the second highest. The lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 6, which means one woman dies every 27 minutes.

Since 2004 however, over 2,000 midwives have been trained in newly established midwifery schools, that have been supported by the NGO Jphiego.

As part of a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the number of midwives providing health care across Afghanistan, community leaders are asked to help identify possible candidates and participate in selecting the student midwife. It’s an endorsement of a young woman’s potential and a commitment by the community to support her work and improved health care for residents.

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  • Midwife Trainees listen to a theoretical lesson at the Midwifery Training College. Kate Holt.
  • Midwife Trainees practise their skills in a practical lesson at the Midwifery Training College. Kate Holt.
  • A community Health Worker, gives iron tablets to an expectant mother in the village of Aquachanoy. Kate Holt.
  • Community Midwife Sadiqa Hosseini, weighs a pregnant young woman at a community health centre in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • Community midwife, Sadiqa Hosseini, examines a woman who is pregnant in her home. Kate Holt.
  • Community Midwife Sadiqa Hosseing, measures the stomach of a pregnant young woman at her home. Kate Holt.
  • Woman giving birth in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • A trained midwife, who has been undergoing midwifery training in Bamyan examines a placenta. Kate Holt.
  • A midwife, who trained at the Midwifery Training College in Kabul that is supported by Jhpeigo. Kate Holt.
  • Women in the burkas look at a newborn baby in the maternity unit at the Provincial Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A premature baby lies in the special care Maternity Unit at the Malilai Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • A trainee Midwife, who has been training at the midwifery college that is supported by Jhpiego. Kate Holt.
  • Sadiqa hold her baby Soraya, and shakes hands with Sadiqa Hosseini. Kate Holt.
  • One month old baby Soraya is examined by Sadiqa Hoseini, a community midwife. Kate Holt.
  • Community Health Worker Ozara Husseini talks to Najiba, who has five children. Kate Holt.
  • Community midwife, Sadiqa Hosseini, fills in a family planning information sheet. Kate Holt.
  • Community midwife, Sadiqa Hosseini, holds up an educational picture book. Kate Holt.
  • Women and their children listen to a health education talk given by the community midwife. Kate Holt.
  • Flags blow in the wind at a graveyard near to the village of Foladia near Bamyan, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.