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Corporates pledge to support midwives' training

17 March 2014, 15:10

Nairobi - The African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), in partnership with Chase Bank Foundation and other corporate sponsors, will on Saturday sponsor a walk in support of the training of midwives in Kenya.

Speaking during a press briefing at the Norfolk Hotel, AMREF Head of Programmes, Mette Kinoti, urged the government to support the training of midwives.

“This is a means of lowering maternal deaths in line with the Millennium Development Goals on maternal mortality set to be realized by 2015,” said Kinoti.

According to AMREF, there are about 30 000 trained midwives but only 15 000 of this number are in active duty.

Kinoti said that one trained midwife could assist in the safe delivery of about 100 babies per year.

Midwives play a crucial role in childbirth especially in rural areas, where their services are most needed.

AMREF’s training programme comes at a time when the health sector is facing a crisis with resignations due to delayed and low pay.

There has been an outcry over the resignation of doctors in the past few weeks due to delayed and low pay by county governments.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union last week said that more than 600 doctors had resigned across the country with Embu being the hardest hit.

– CAJ News

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