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Afghanistan – Training midwives
Afghanistan has one of the highest fertility rates in the world – the average birth rate is 6.75. It also has the world’s worst maternal mortality – in Kabul 16% of mothers die during pregnancy or childbirth but in Badakshan, the figure has been as high as 64%.

One of the main causes of that statistic is obstructed labour – as many as 30 % of women in this remote province die because they can’t deliver their babies. Inaccessible clinics, a lack of vitamin D, due to living covered up in mountain villages which can see little sunlight for three quarters of the year and multiple pregnancies which lead to weakened wombs are given as reasons . And no midwives – a situation that is gradually changing with midwifery schools training young village women who will go back to work in their communities.