Saturday, June 30, 2012

Weekend Movie: Midwifery Training in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan are being trained to become midwives, so that women in remote areas will have a trained birth assistant with them during childbirth. Trained birth assistants are one of the worldwide efforts that have proven highly effective in reducing maternal mortality (see Millennium Development Goal 5)

This CNN video shows the women being trained. I thought it provided an interesting view of women in another country being "medically" trained - illiterate women are trained with pictograms, demonstrations are done with a pelvis and a baby doll whose face is painted and decorated just like the real newborn the video shows!

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