Friday, 1 October 2010

Reaching Out to Minorities in Viet Nam with Midwives who Speak their Language

"Five to seven women still die almost every day due to pregnancy or childbirth in Viet Nam. Although the maternal mortality ratio has declined significantly over the past few years, there are still big differences between regions – from a low of 40 up to 410 deaths per 100,000 live births in some areas. The highest ratios are found in remote and mountainous ethnic minority areas of the country, partly due to the shortage of skilled birth attendants and health care workers in these areas. Cultural barriers also keep many of the women in these areas from using reproductive health services. To address this issue, UNFPA is supporting an initiative to recruit and train local women to become village-based midwives."

I remember reading and hearing about similar initiatives in Indonesia a few years ago and if I remember rightly their successes were fantastic. Good luck Vietnam.

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