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UN promoting midwives program to tackle soaring infant mortality rates in South Sudan

ENO INYANG Midwife, United Nations Midwife Program "I just delivered a bouncy baby boy. The mother is good and the baby is fine.� South Sudan, the world newest country, is one of the most unsafe places for mothers. More women and babies die from childbirth complications here, than almost anywhere else in the world. According to the World Health Organization, about 730 women die for every 100,000 births in South Sudan. By comparison, in Bolivia, which has a similar population and poverty levels, the maternal death rate is 190 for every 100,000 births. The United Nations says that's in large part because of a shortage of resources and trained staff. Eno Inyang is a part of a UN program to train midwives. ENO INYANG Midwife, United Nations Midwife Program "I really feel great because I was doing my job. That is what I was supposed to do, to help a mother to deliver safely and I make sure that the mother is alive and the baby. I really feel great� At this particular hospital, 25 women work round the clock, delivering babies and looking after their mothers. Even though they're not always successful, they're thankful for the chance to make a difference. ANGELINA PAUL FARABAJA Midwife, United Nations Midwife Program "I am happy to do this job even if I am handling blood; I believe this is what God is asking of me. This is my job and I am very happy to do it.� By year's end, the UN program will have trained nearly 200 women in South Sudan on vital pre and post-natal care for mother and babies. More than just reducing rates and numbers, the program is about giving both mother and child the most basic human right, a chance at life. RCarr UN -VM -PR -U:SCar