Addressing to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, in Washington D.C, Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki produced a talk titled: “The Midwife as a Game Changer”, stating that midwives could potentially save “many of the almost 1 million newborns who die on their first and only day of life.”
Mrs Saraki’s address marked the opening of the 60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
As part of Mrs Saraki’s work as Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), she spoke about how 145 Nigerian women die during childbirth, due to causes that could have been prevented, every day.
She also stated that each day, 2,300 children die before under the age of five. [UNICEF]
During her speech, she said midwives around the world are ‘game-changers’ in health and international development, and stated that midwifery should be central to tackling childbirth issues globally.
However, Mrs Saraki said the issue of social determinants within childbirth and health wasn’t just in Nigeria. Statistics show that Washington D.C had the highest infant mortality rate than any other city in the United States. [Save the Children: The Urban Disadvantage*]
Mrs Saraki also highlighted the work the WBFA is doing to make health insurance more affordable through the Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Fund.
She announced that this will assist with tackling the social determinants of childbirth and will improve the work and the quality of healthcare midwives can deliver.