Medical Training for Women in War-Torn Countries

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates that a woman dies every 28 minutes during childbirth in Afghanistan. To compare, the lifetime risk in industrialized countries is one in 8,000.

Rabia always dreamed of becoming a midwife and helping women in her village in Afghanistan — a country where an astonishing 1 in 15 women die during childbirth.

Medical training means women like Rabia can make a living while also helping save lives in their community.

With passion and persistence Rabia overcame obstacles facing many Afghani women. She enrolled in the International Medical Corps’ Community Midwife Education Program.

Today, Rabia helps mothers avoid life-threatening complications during pregnancy and delivery.

She can proudly walk to work everyday, knowing that she helps save the lives of women and children in her village.

READ Global is a non-profit INGO working to make rural villages and small towns in developing countries viable places to live, by systemically dealing with the problems of rural poverty, lack of education, medical care, jobs and other critical resources.

How READ Works

Enterprise: READ Global works with community members to seed for-profit business enterprises that meet local needs, provide job opportunities and generate sustaining revenues for the READ Center.

Education: READ Global works with communities to fund and build READ Centers that meet the unique needs of each village. These Centers provide access to books, computers, educational materials, job training, health services and workshops on leadership and conflict resolution. With these resources, individuals and families can learn, grow and reach their full potential.

Prosperity: With a strong emphasis on both education and enterprise, the READ Global solution brings communities together to share ideas and build relationships that enable families and children to stay and thrive in their own communities.

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