A United Nations report said that the world is currently facing an acute shortage of 900,000 midwives, and called on governments to make this profession a priority.
According to the report – which was published on Wednesday and prepared by the United Nations Agency for Sexual and Reproductive Health, the World Health Organization, and the International Confederation of Midwives – this deficiency could lead to the death of millions of women and newborns. Read also Millions of children are dying due to a shortage of midwives Midwives give life13 information about childbirth that midwives can tell you Midwives in Afghanistan … silent mothers’ guards and community leaders
“The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the problem with the decline in health services for women and newborns, the interruption of midwifery services and the recruitment of midwives in other health services,” the United Nations added, in a press release, regarding the report on 194 countries.
She added that the shortage of midwives “leads to horrific global losses in the form of preventable deaths,” and estimated that about 4.3 million lives could be saved every year if sufficient numbers of midwives were provided.
The report urges governments to “prioritize funding and support for midwives, and take concrete steps to involve midwives in developing health policies.”