Millennium Development Goals: Maternal Health

Through the training of nurses, doctors and midwives, Palms’ volunteers contribute to greatly improved capacity of national health services to ensure skilled health personnel are present at a greater number of births. Improved communication systems, such as those developed through Palms’ Connect East Timor program, have increased opportunities for pregnant women to have access to health personnel throughout their pregnancies and for their deliveries.

Volunteers exchanging skills in administration and trades assist maintain a working health system with adequate resources to meet the needs of pregnant women and new mothers.

These methods, in addition to community-based training in maternal health, will also assist reduce the maternal mortality ratio.


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