Improving the community midwife program performance: Policy Recommendations

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  • This briefing is for policy-makers, program managers and donors concerned with the performance of the Community Midwife Programme and the poor status of maternal health in Pakistan. Why is this important? Despite a supportive policy environment and funding, the Pakistani Community Midwife program has not achieved optimal functioning, particularly in relation to raising levels of skilled birth attendance. Our survey from districts Jhelum and Layyah found that CMWs attended 11.7% and 3.1% of all births that took place in the last two years. Our research also discovered the reasons why the CMW program was performing sub- optimally and the factors that enabled some CMWs to practice. Based on these findings, we make the following policy suggestions to improve program functioning

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    study entitled 'Are community midwives addressing the inequities in access to skilled birth attendance in Punjab, Pakistan? Gender, class and social exclusion'