"Political will" needed to prioritize midwifery services

Midwifery Students in Uganda. UNFPA/Evelyn Kiap

Countries in Asia need to demonstrate political will to improve midwifery services and save millions of lives. That's according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report released this week reveals that almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died in 2013 from illnesses and conditions that could have been prevented by the presence of a trained midwife. UNFPA Executive Director, Babatunde Osotimehin, told Daniel Dickinson that investment is needed alongside government backing.

Transparency crucial in second round of Afghan elections

A woman electoral officer and a woman voter at a polling station in Kabul. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Transparency is crucial in the next round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan to avoid possible fraud says a senior UN official in the country. Two candidates are taking part in the second ballot of votes on June 14th. The polls mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another and are the first to be under the full control of Afghan authorities. The country has been troubled by decades of instability. Tilak Pokharel asked the UN Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, about the preparations for the elections.

Good nutrition is essential for good health

A child eating at a food distribution centre in a Rwanda camp. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

An integrated approach linking the health and food sectors such as agriculture is needed to tackle the problem of malnutrition among children. This is one of the conclusions of a symposium hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, from 26 to 29 which moderate malnutrition in children.  It is estimated that 160 million children worldwide suffer from malnutrition. One of the participants in the meeting is Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee a Senior Adviser from the Institute of Nutrition at Mahidol University in Thailand. She discussed the issue with Derrick Mbatha and first explained what moderate malnutrition in children is.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"



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