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We follow in their footsteps- Afghanistan

©2011 Nila Akbari/World Vision

©2011 Nila Akbari/World Vision

Each week in our follow in their footsteps series, we are featuring a strong woman from one of the Strong Women, Strong World countries.  Today we are focusing on Afghanistan.

Shukria gave birth to her first child at the age of 15 in Afghanistan, one of the worst places in the world to be a mother.  It was not her experience however than inspired her to be a midwife, it was the memory of a close family member who died in childbirth when an untrained birth attendant mistakenly removed the womb instead of the placenta.  Afghanistan is continually noted as one of the worst places in the world to be a mother, although women like Shukria, and now her daughter, are changing the statistics by becoming midwives.

Not only does Shukria deliver healthy babies, she advises mothers on nutrition and the importance of breast milk.  She recalls when 15 severely malnourished children were brought to the clinic and through her referrals and advice, 14 survived and are now thriving.

It is rare that you can say you are doing something to change the statistics of your country, but Shukria can.

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