Every day, more than 800 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications – 90 percent of such deaths are preventable – and 99 percent occur in developing countries. Having access to a skilled and equipped healthcare provider, such as a midwife, during pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most effective interventions in reducing maternal and newborn deaths.
ICM-Endorsed Midwife Kits
While the global deficit of trained midwives stands at 350,000, even more lack the equipment needed to put their training to use. Direct Relief, in consultation with experts from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), designed the first-ever Midwife Kit endorsed by ICM as a standard for midwives trained to ICM’s competency standards. ICM represents 400,000 midwives in 121 countries.
Each Midwife Kit contains the 59 essential items a midwife needs to perform 50 facility-based deliveries. The Midwife Kits, valued at $1,250, or roughly $25 per safe birth, are provided free of charge to midwives in resource-constrained settings.
In the program’s pilot year, Direct Relief provided more than 400 kits to midwives with partner organizations in the following four countries: Medical Research Centre in Sierra Leone, Africare and Last Mile Health in Liberia, IPI Foundation, Inc. in the Philippines, and Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland.