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2011 in review: key health issues

Midwife Huma Awar Sumadi checks a patient's blood pressure
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Shortage of midwives endangers women's and newborns' lives

The first State of the world's midwifery report highlighted the shortage of skilled midwives in many low-income countries. The report revealed the need to train and deploy more midwives in all parts of a country – especially remote and rural areas in order to meet global targets on improving maternal and newborn health.

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