The Guardian: Newly trained midwives are saving lives in Afghanistan
A group of young midwives in Afghanistan’s remote central mountains is fighting against the odds to make huge strides in maternal health.
In the mountains of central Afghanistan, blocked by snow for half the year, temperatures plummet to minus 37C. Nothing’s easy in this part of the world – least of all childbirth.
Healthy newborns run the serious risk of hypothermia as some mothers simply don’t understand the need to keep their baby warm.