Canada to spport health houses for mothers and newborns in Afghanistan

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canda to support health houses in afghanSenator Donald H. Olive today announced that Canada will support health services to mothers and newborns in Afghanistan.

Canada will support support the health sevices through the United Nations Population Fund which will establish 49 family health houses in the province of Daikundi in Afghanistan. Family health houses offer examination and delivery rooms where trained community midwifes can work safely in locations identified by the community.

“By providing lifesaving health services in some of the most remote locations of Afghanistan, we are contributing to the well-being of mothers and newborns,” said Senator Oliver. “Canada’s support will help strengthen existing health facilities by bringing much-needed medical supplies and equipment to health workers, especially midwives.”

Canada’s support will also provide diagnostic and medical equipment required to ensure safe childbirth. The project is establishing a referral and counter-referral system for emergency neo-natal and obstetric care, and other levels of delivery and recovery care. All family health houses are supported by existing health system facilities through mobile health teams that bring supplies and provide supervision and mentoring to the midwives.

News source : Canada News Source

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