United Nations Populations fund (UNFPA) Deputy Country Representative Dr. Rogaia Abdelrahim,says midwives remains critical components in the achievement of sustainable development goals(SDGs).
Speaking in Lilongwe during this year’s international day of the midwifery, Dr Abdelrahim said well trained and supported midwives working in communities are uniquely and strategically positioned to provide the compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care that a woman needs during pregnancy and childbirth.
“Midwifery is therefore equally important for newborns during the critical first month of life and is significant contribution to sexual and reproductive health in general,” said Dr Abdelrahim.
The UNFPA deputy commended Malawi for commemorating the day.
“This is a very important day as it reminds us all of the significant role midwives continue to play in promoting good health and making pregnancies and childbirths safe,” said the UNFA official.
Midwifery Association of Malawi President, Dr Anne Phoya has since bemoaned problems which midwives are facing in the country.
Phoya said the midwives lacks essential tools in their course of the duty.
She has since applauded all committed midwives who work beyond the call of duty and most often in difficult circumstances.