More midwives needed

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Indonesia needs more dedicated midwives to help reach maternal and infant mortality targets set by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 ...

... “Most people in the area are poor; they scrape a living as farmers, and most don’t have a senior high education,” ...

... “If access to clean water remained out of reach, the quality of women’s and children’s health would have declined, and their lives would have been in danger,” ...

Listiani ... said she and a new graduate midwife on a temporary posting in the local community were the only health workers in the area, handling childbirths for the 874-hectare village that had a population of more than 7,000 people.

“... together we can serve around 40 patients a day,” she said.

... “The lack of midwives in remote areas ... is behind the low quality of health of the people there, as well as the increased number of dying women and babies,” ...

Indonesia expects to achieve a maternal mortality rate of 102 per 100,000 live births by 2015, down from the current rate of 228 per 100,000 live births.

It also expects to achieve an infant mortality rate of 23 per 1,000 live births by 2015, down from the current 34 per 1,000 live births.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448