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Published 04 May 2016, 02:20 UK
Ahead of the Inaugural Global Midwifery Conference, Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki, the Founder-Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, and ICM Global Goodwill Ambassador, outlines the importance of investing in midwifery.

HE Toyin Saraki expressed the following points:

· The value of midwives in Nigeria is being shown in the unlikeliest of places - camps for internally displaced people (IDP) uprooted by Boko Haram militants.

· Around one in five babies are dying during childbirth in northeast Nigeria, where the Islamist group has waged a six-year insurgency, yet the survival rate of pregnancies delivered in IDP camps in the region is almost 100 percent

· At this conference, the midwives will not only learn how to save a mother and child's life, but also how to detect women at risk of domestic violence and female genital mutilation (FGM)

· While Nigeria has started training midwives in life-saving emergency obstetric care in recent years, it still lacks enough midwives or an even distribution across the nation

· Midwives will be the army to change dire health outcomes, if we invest in them and provide them with skills

· Nigerian midwives need to be able to stand on an equal footing with midwives from around the world

For further information, please see the full Reuters’ interview here: http://news.trust.org/item/20160503112035-7mz38/?source=hpOtherNews1

Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki

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