In Pakistan, U.S. Builds Dormitory for Midwifery Students From Remote Communities

October 12, 2010
Two Women Care for Babies in Karachi, Pakistan

About the Author: Alberto Rodriguez serves as Spokesman at U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

The U.S. Consul General in Peshawar Elizabeth H. Rood and Syed Zahir Ali Shah, Minister of Health for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, inaugurated a new dormitory at the School of Nursing in Mardan on October 12. This 30-place dormitory, constructed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide a secure residential facility to midwifery students from remote areas, including FATA.

"Throughout the country, some two thirds of women rely on traditional birth attendants or friends and relatives to deliver their babies because they don't have access to trained medical staff," said Ms. Rood while speaking to the students at the school. "This is where you, future community midwives, can make a real difference… you can be the ones to make sure that both mothers and children are healthy -- an important objective of both the Government of Pakistan and the Government of the United States."

Mardan's School of Nursing trains 40 community midwives each year. The USAID-funded dormitory will enable more young women from remote areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, to enroll in the Community Midwife Course provided by the school. This in turn will increase the availability of qualified medical assistance in remote communities.

Support for this dormitory is part of the $7.5 billion in aid that the U.S. Government is providing to Pakistan over five years to improve economic growth, education, health and governance.



United States
October 13, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

This is an excellent idea. One of my previous suggestions. The way to quickly train a medical workforce so that they are up and running is by making someone's life easier. Providing meals and accomodation to midwives solves a very big financial dilemna for poor students. The more the government makes the transition to studying easier and uncomplicated, the more people they can quickly train into needed medical professions. There should be many schools built using this concept. They don't have to be grandiose just excellent and clean. If this same concept was a little more upscale like having a mini Marriott in a hospital, doctors would be more inclined to visit rural hospitals. Build it and they will come.

Yeshwa Y.
November 24, 2010

Yeshwa Y. in Pakistan writes:

Excellent post, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I?m glad I found your blog.


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