Malika, a young Afghan woman living in rural Khost Province, appeared to be experiencing a relatively easy labor at home. But upon delivering a healthy baby girl, Malika’s condition turned critical as the Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) caring for her struggled to deliver the placenta. As internal bleeding worsened over the course of an hour, Malika began to lose consciousness and the situation became dire. The TBA and Malika’s mother-in-law were left with no choice but to rush her to a nearby clinic serviced by International Medical Corps-trained community health worker, Ms. Latifa.
Ms. Latifa immediately examined Malika and found that the placenta has been retained. Using the training she received through the Khost Community Midwifery Education Program, she intervened quickly and removed the retained placenta with donated medical equipment. Ms. Latifa kept Malika under observation to ensure that the bleeding had stopped. After Malika’s womb contracted and her general condition improved, she was allowed to return home to recover.
“Malika could have lost her life if she were not taken to my clinic on time” Ms. Latifa told Malika’s mother-in-law.
The Community Midwifery Education Program in Khost Province was funded by USAID and JHPIEGO, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. International Medical Corps received recognition from Afghanistan’s Community Midwifery Education Accreditation Board and a Certificate of Achievement from the US Agency for International Development for our successful implementation of midwifery trainings throughout Afghanistan.