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Teenagers To Midwives: How Women In Afghanistan Are Changing Maternal And Infant Health

Under the watch of midwifery preceptor, Aziza Kamalzada, 44, midwife-in-training, Shaqila [family name withheld], 17, dresses a newborn at Ghor Regional Hospital in the city of Chaghcharan. World Vision is training young women from Ghor’s rural communities in an 18-month community midwivery education program. According to the UN’s best estimates, Ghor has the highest maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan. Fewer than ten percent of the population of Ghor have access to health care.
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