Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most maternal deaths are preventable; however it's not a lack of knowledge, as the healthcare solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known, but a lack of access to a trained doctor, nurse or midwife that is the problem.
As the world's premier international development agency, USAID strives to strengthen the voices of the marginalized and vulnerable by celebrating midwives, both in the countries where we work and those that work with us.
Midwives play a vital role in the health and well-being of women and newborns. Let’s not forget at the heart of this is a basic human right. In the hands of a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate midwife, our goal of preventing maternal and child deaths can be realized.