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Yemeni Midwives

by Hanna Rabah

By Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH on January 7, 2012

In the coming period, the collaboration between the donor community and Republic of Yemen would grow stronger. Donors had invested multimillion dollars in development assistance in Yemen improving the livelihoods of citizens in disadvantaged communities and improving governance capacities to mitigate drivers of instability. Addressing the development needs of underserved communities is causally related to improving political and social stability. This past year, Yemen has been undergoing major political, economic and social transition.

The health sector suffered along with other sectors from such practices. In addition the large gap between and among government institutions and different tribal fractions resulted in years of mistrust and disappointment.

Communities based approaches with a special focus on midwives play an important role in improving health services provision to the poor and in remote areas. The World Bank, USAID and other donors invested multimillion dollars to build the capacity of midwives especially as private sector providers. However, much more needs to be done to build their capacity and leadership at multiple levels. WI-HER, LLC provides expert technical and management support to achieve such goals.

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