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10 facts on Midwifery

A nurse takes blood from a pregnant woman
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Many trained midwives leave their home countries to work abroad.

Countries often have difficulties retaining trained personnel due to difficult working conditions, poor remuneration, support and supervision and a lack of career paths. Many trained midwives work abroad for better salaries and more favourable working conditions. This creates a dearth of skilled staff in countries that need them most.

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