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Safe delivery: traditional birth attendants in Liberia

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Uploaded on Mar 24, 2009

As Liberia recovers from civil war, health workers and midwives are in short supply. When village women give birth, they are usually helped by a traditional birth attendant from their own community. The ICRC and the Liberian Ministry of Health have developed a training programme to improve the skills of traditional birth attendants. When the participants complete the course, they know how to help with normal deliveries and when to send women with complications to the nearest health centre.

When a conflict breaks out, it usually results in the disruption, abandonment and even destruction of all or part of a national health system. The risk of epidemics increases and the civilian population may suffer from psychological traumas.

The ICRC seeks to reduce death, disease, suffering and disability in war by ensuring access to health care.

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