3.6 million lives can be saved by increasing midwifery services

Midwife examining a pregnant woman

Up to 3.6 million lives can be saved during childbirth if midwifery services are more accessible, according to a new UN report.

State of the World's midwifery 2011 says there is a significant gap between the number of midwives practicing and those needed.

The majority of women or their newborn babies die from inadequate or insufficient health care services.

Vincent Faveau, UN Population Fund's senior maternal health advisor spoke to Jocelyne Sambira about Ghana, a country that is beating maternal deaths by investing in midwifery.

Duration: 2'50''

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