NY Times: The Women of Afghanistan

A newborn and his mother at Ghor Regional Hospital in Afghanistan. Photo: World Vision

We were excited to read the recent New York Times editorial “The Women of Afghanistan” which highlights the plight of women in that area. Though some advances in gender equality have been made, Afghan women remain highly vulnerable.

World Vision began relief efforts in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Through Strong Women, Strong World, Women of Vision has been saving lives in Afghanistan through the Midwifery Exension Project.

Many Afghan women are not permitted or refuse to be attended by male healthcare professionals during delivery. This, coupled with the lack of female healthcare providers, results in only 14 percent of births in the country being attended by a skilled health professional. Women stand a 1-in-11 lifetime risk of dying due to pregnancy-related causes.

Through this project, World Vision is training midwives to provide critical medical care to expectant mothers and newborns. And not only is the Midwifery Extension Project saving lives, it is providing educational and job opportunities for women!

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