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Submitted by Saadia C on
In a 2011 NIH/Gates funded study, researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that even a simple investment in midwife education in Zambia substantially reduced infant mortality rates, negating the assumption that only money spent on high tech care could solve the problem. http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2011/nichd-25.htm It could also apply to other cultural contexts. The Global Maternal Mortality Fact Sheet by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in DC further states that training healthcare providers is key to reducing maternal mortality and that South Asian and African countries could particularly benefit from such an investment. One of the organization’s public channels effectively communicates stories of midwives: http://www.whiteribbonalliance.org/storiesofmidwives/ Another one of their blogs is called Stories of Mothers Saved: http://www.whiteribbonalliance.org/sm_saved/about.cfm However, I’ve heard doctors speak about the quality of facilities needed, including required equipment for home care.

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