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For a Mother's Day Gift with Lasting Appeal, Invest in Women Health Workers, Says Save the Children
Date:5/4/2010

the extreme shortages that are deadly for poor children and women," Powers said. "The wonderful added benefit of training women is that it encourages female education and workforce participation, which are also linked to better health and economic security for moms and their kids."

Success Stories Explored in State of the World's Mothers 2010 Report
Nepal: The deployment of 50,000 Female Community Health Volunteers has helped this very poor country cut maternal deaths by half in 20 years and be on track to meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal 4 to reduce childhood mortality by two thirds by 2015.

Bangladesh: This very poor country has already cut under-5 mortality by 64 percent since 1990, and is also on track to meet the goal of reducing child deaths by two-thirds. Female fieldworkers who make home visits have played a critical role in delivering family planning services and reducing the number of high-risk pregnancies in Bangladesh. In another project, supported by Save the Children, home visits by female community health workers offering prenatal and postnatal care reduced newborn deaths by 34 percent in targeted rural communities.

Ethiopia: More women and children are receiving health care than ever before despite the presence of only 1 doctor per 42,700 people. Since 2004, the government has been training female health extension workers to reach poor rural communities, and will soon train these women to also provide antibiotics to treat pneumonia - the leading cause of child deaths in Ethiopia.

Indonesia: The government's "midwife in every village" program has contributed to a 42 percent drop in maternal mortality since 1989. More needs to be done, however, to reach those women who still deliver in the absence of a trained and skilled health provider.

Afghanistan: One in four children dies here before age 5, and the report's "Mothers' Index" ranks Afghanistan as t
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