Investing in midwives is essential to reduce maternal mortality in fragile states

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1763
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Reducing maternal mortality worldwide is a key component of the United Nations’ millennium development goals, but it will not happen without much greater investment in the training and deployment of skilled birth attendants, says a report issued this week by the British medical charity Merlin, as part of its “Hands up for health workers” campaign.

    All Mothers Matter, which was launched to coincide with international day of the midwife on 5 May, points out a direct link between the highest rates of maternal mortality and what it calls “the health worker crisis in fragile states.”

    The report recommends doubling the healthcare workforce in these fragile states (defined as countries where the government cannot or …

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