22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.
Marja runs the National Midwifery Team at EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan. She is one of over 60 national staff members that EMERGENCY has provided with free professional training and employment at the Centre.
“The population of the valley quickly understood the importance of EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre. They trusted us and spread the word within their villages. Since its opening, the Maternity Centre has enabled mothers and new-borns to receive specialised, free-of- charge, medical and surgical treatment, effectively lowering maternal and infant mortality and spreading awareness of the importance of women-centred healthcare.”
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