Hundreds of midwives are being trained in Myanmar to lower the number of women who die during childbirth.
The move has come as part of one of the many policies the country has enforced as the country emerges from military control.
Statistics have shown that many women in Myanmar died during childbirth due to delays in reaching emergency maternity services from rural areas.
Most recent data shows that 282 women die during childbirth per 100,000 births in the country, which is roughly eight women per day, double the regional average and a significantly higher rate than neighbouring country Thailand.
According to a student midwife studying at the Central Midwifery School in Yangon, Nay Hnin Lwin, she said her parents who live in a rural area do not understand the importance of midwives and rely on traditional birth attendants.
Published in DNA India and speaking to Reuters Television, she said: “If there is an emergency situation, they cannot save lives. Mothers are losing their lives because of them. I’m proud to be a midwife to save them from those situations.
Nay Hnin Lwin is studying with around 200 other students at the Central Midwifery School in Yangon on a two-year course.
Once they have completed their midwifery training, they will be working in rural areas in remote clinics that currently have poor infrastructure and limited medical facilities.
The midwifery training programme is being support by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Assistant representative to the Fund, Hla Hla Aye, said: “Maternal mortality needs to come down if Myanmar wants to graduate from the least developed into a middle-income country”.
Myanmar’s first civilian leader in about 50 years, Aung San Suu Kyi, has launched a series of national health and education reforms, as well as introducing a bus service in Yangon.
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