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Lesotho to attend midwifery meeting

Staff Reporter

MASERU – A delegation from Lesotho is in Durban, South Africa, for the launch of the first United Nations (UN) report on the state of midwifery practices.

The meeting, which begins tomorrow and ends on Thursday, will look at the critical shortage of midwives and note why midwives’ skills and competencies are critical to achieving Millennium Development Goals.

Titled, The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011: Delivery Health, Saving Lives, the report provides new information and data gathered from 58 countries across all regions.

The report will seek to strengthen the practice of midwifery around the world, according to a press release from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

“This groundbreaking report will reveal new data and country facts to support key findings about the reality of the critical shortage of midwives on the ground,” it said.

The report which is aimed at policy makers, programme managers, development and funding partners and all midwifery service providers, also takes stock and documents the situation in countries with high maternal and newborn deaths.

The Durban meeting was organised by the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives.

The Independent Midwives Association of Lesotho is expected to be accepted as a new association of the Congress of International Confederation of Midwives Associations
during the meeting.

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