"I was motivated to become a midwife because Qarqen is a remote village with a very dusty and bad road that is why no midwife wants to go there. I noticed that the newborns and mothers mortality is very high and that people needed us."

Photo of the Week: A Midwife Dedicated to Saving Lives in Afghanistan

Photo: Farzana Wahidy/ For Save the Children

A group of Afghan women listen Midwife Sadya Naeemi, 20, who won Save the Children’s EVERY ONE Midwife Award 2011, left, give them information about family planning at the Qarqen public health clinic of Jawzjan province in Afghanistan.

Sadya was the only woman living in her district who had completed high school, and her community selected her to attend midwifery school. Sadya has been working as a midwife for over two years now.

Sadya says:
"I was motivated to become a midwife because my village has a very dusty and bad road that is why no midwife wants to go there. I noticed that the newborns and mothers mortality is very high and that people needed us."

"Also, residences are spoken in local language, and I am the only midwife who can speak their language. All these factors motivated me to become midwife and serve my village."

Midwives provide the majority of immediate care to newborns born in facilities, often despite a lack of specific support or training for newborn care. Too often midwives work hard, against the odds and receive little recognition.

The EVERY ONE Midwife Award seeks to honor midwives who are champions for newborn survival.

  • Audio Slideshow: Sadya talks about her work as a midwife in rural Afghanistan
  • To learn more about the EVERY ONE campaign please visit everyone.org

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