Programmes and Projects
Better trained midwives reduce maternal mortality
Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Changed: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Every day, 15,000 women in the world die due to pregnancy complications and childbirth. Maternal mortality claims more victims on a daily basis than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In India, Sida is providing support to train midwives to ensure better maternal health care for women and safer childbirths.
Countries around the world have agreed to reduce maternal mortality by 75 per cent between 1990 and 2015 as part of the fifth UN-mandated Millennium Development Goal. But maternal mortality has not fallen at all in low-income countries for the last 20 years. It is the single Millennium Development Goal that has not shown any progress so far.
A lack of political will and effective contributions is exposing the majority of women around the world to major risks.
Kyllike Christensson, a midwife and professor in reproductive health at Karolinska Institutet, says: “Imagine if 15,000 men around the world died every day – those in power would never accept that. That’s why this is principally a question of democracy and equality.”
In cooperation with Sida and the Swedish Association of Midwives, Karolinska Institutet is responsible for running a training programme for midwives in India. About 100,000 women die every year there due to pregnancy and childbirth complications.