Sunday 5th May marked the International Day of the Midwife, an opportunity to recognise and reflect on the crucial role midwives and birth attendants play in supporting mothers through pregnancy and making childbirth safer.
With Mothers’ Day coming up this Sunday 12th May, there is no better time to pay tribute to all the amazing, dedicated people who work tirelessly to improve maternal health for all women, all over the world.
Most maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries, and more than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, according to World Health Organization statistics.
Working in this region, we are all too familiar with the disparities that exist in terms of access to basic health services. The nomadic pastoralist communities who live in sparsely-populated areas of Ethiopia and Kenya are among those often excluded – they are marginalised as a result of their remote location and way of life.