Speaker: Farida Shah
Case Study: Pakistan’s key demographic health indicators are lagging far behind desired levels: maternal mortality ratio stands at 186 deaths per 100,000 live births (1), the infant mortality rate at 62, and neonatal mortality is 42, deaths per 1,000 live births and 31% are conducted by unskilled birth attendants. Also, the country is currently listed among the nations with critical health workforce deficiency and categorized as one of the 57 countries that are facing an HRH crisis (2). Community Midwives (CMWs) were introduced by Maternal Newborn and Child Health Programme as a trained cadre of birth attendants in 2006. However, several challenges persist after more than one decade of implementation and all of the provinces have still struggled with the required number of CMWs. Therefore, the Government was supported with the Identification of the optimum number of CMWs that need to be deployed in various provinces of Pakistan and make workforce projections based on the WHO HRH model.