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Pakistan Commits to Bring Revolution in the Midwife Services


by Hamna Bano

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On May 5, 2022, Pakistan observed the International Day of Midwife. It was also the 100th anniversary of ICM which is the International Confederation of Midwives. ICM along with WHO and UNFPA organizes this day.

The goal of celebrating this day is to promote the work of the midwives in their profession. It is made certain that midwives get recognized by the global community for their quality services.

The government of Pakistan is firm in achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the acquisition of UHC by 2030.

A major setback in this prestigious undertaking is a shortage and a disbalance in the HRH which is the Human Resources for Health. Pakistan is one of the top countries that is with an acute deficit of HRH.

In order for the midwives to achieve population health goals and achieve universal health coverage WHO has set out Global Strategic Midwifery for Nursing and Midwifery 2021-2025. This particular document differentiates the terms midwife and nurse as different occupations, esteeming the professional dissimilarity between the two.


WHO on the other hand recommends, “A density of at least 45 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 to attain UHC with one doctor for four nurses, midwives or lady health visitors (LHVs), Pakistan in end-2017, with a population of close to 208 million, was at 14.5 and that too with a lopsided balance.”

A statement given by WHO indicated that “The number of doctors was almost double the number of nurses, midwives and lady health visitors combined. This indicated that between 2018 and 2030 we have to bridge the 8-fold shortage in the number of nurses, midwives, and lady health visitors by producing around 800,000 of these crucial professionals.”