The importance of community midwives in Pakistan: Looking at existing evidence and their need during the COVID-19 pandemic

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan; Community Health Sciences


Concerns over the soaring number of COVID-19 cases has taken precedence within the healthcare community and overshadows the jarringly high rates of maternal mortality in developing countries. Pakistan is suffering from high maternal mortality, surges of COVID-19 cases, lack of integrated healthcare system, and rural poverty. Amidst fear and uncertainty, Community Midwives are stepping up as maternal healthcare leaders who are reaching out to neglected pregnant women in rural communities of Pakistan. They are responsible for rebuilding trust, delivering comprehensive and respectful maternal care and providing family planning counseling. To accomplish Sustainable Development Goal #3.1, Pakistan must support community midwives and diminish the barriers they face.


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