Nigeria Needs 70,000 More Midwives says UNFPA


United Nations Population Fund has said about 70,000 more midwives are needed in Nigeria by 2030.

Nigeria needs 70,000 more midwives says UNFPA
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA)

UNFPA made this known in a press statement by its Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem issued in commemoration of the 2023 International Day of the Midwife with the theme ‘Together again: from evidence to reality.’

IDM is May 5 and it is a day dedicated to celebrating midwives for their unwavering commitment to saving lives and ensuring the health and wellbeing of women and newborn babies.

Dr Kanem said “The 2021 State of the World’s Midwifery report puts the midwives shortage in Nigeria at about 30,000 which is 6 per 10,000 people. To close the gap by 2030, about 70,000 more midwives posts are needed but with current estimates, only 40,000 more will be created by 2030. This shortage is particularly acute in Northern Nigeria where essential needs for maternal and reproductive health care are unmet.”

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