The United Nation Population Fund East and Southern Africa Regional Office is set to launch State of Midwifery Report 2017 in East and Southern Africa Region in Johannesburg next Wednesday.
The State of Midwifery Report is a global series of report that particularly examined the workforce responsible for provision of Sexual Reproductive Maternal, New-born and Adolescent (SRMAH) which was published globally in 2011 and 2014.
The 2017 State of Midwifery Report for East and Southern Africa Region is part of this series of report, however focused on the 21 countries in the region.
The study has been done over a course of a year, UNFPA ESA region lead the process while substantial technical contributions has been made by partners such as World Health Organization (WHO) East and Southern Africa Region, International Confederation Of Midwives (ICM), UNFPA HQ, UNFPA Arab States Regional Office, Jhpiego, University of Southampton and University of Technology Sydney.
“It is estimated that there were 303,000 maternal deaths in the world in 2015, and nearly all of the preventable deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries Similarly,2.7 million neonatal deaths and 2.6 million still births occurred across the world in 2015 mostly in low- and middle-income countries.
“The region reduced its Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from 918 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 407 in 2015, representing a 56 per cent reduction, compared to 44 percent globally.” (Source: UN Maternal Mortality Estimate Interagency Group 2015 report.)
However, a well trained, competent, enabled and regulated health workforce is the corner stone of access to quality services.