Dana Blanchard, 100X Director of Operations for Malawi, attended the 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban South Africa on June 19-23. She joined more than 3,000 midwives and leaders in maternal health from over 100 countries to advocate for the role of midwives in reducing maternal and newborn mortality. The Congress provided an excellent platform for conference participants to share best practices and ideas for tackling this important issue.
The Congress also served as the official release of the State of the World’s Midwifery report issued by UNFPA. The report delineates gaps in maternal healthcare and the shortage of midwives across the globe. The country profile for Malawi reveals that:
- There are 3,000 maternal deaths each year
- The lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 36
- There are 278 birth complications each day
- There are 4 midwives for every 1,000 live births
With increased access to healthcare, these deaths are preventable. Dana and the 100X team are working with our partners at the Auburn University Schools of Nursing to establish a training program for midwives and community healthcare workers. More about this program is available on our website.