Kenya faces deficit of 180,000 midwives as trained professionals seek better jobs abroad

Chairman of the Midwives Chapter of the National Nurses Association of Kenya Ms Louisa Muteti at the Reef Hotel in Mombasa on August 11, 2015. She said Kenya has a deficit of 180,000 professional midwives. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Ms Muteti said initially, Kenya used to train midwives but the government shelved the programme in the 1990s.
  • The chapter said they are writing a policy to petition county and national governments to employ more midwives.
  • Unlike nursing, midwifery is a delicate practice that needs a lot of detailed and gentle, friendly care.
  • Ms Muteti said the career can only be improved by making it an independent profession to ensure accountability.

The country has a shortage of 180,000 midwives with Mandera County leading in the deficit, the Kenya Midwives Chapter has announced.

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