11 May 2018
SOAS University of London scholars have supported a campaign by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, an organisation founded by SOAS alumna Her Excellency Toyin Ojora Saraki, which aims to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children.
The scholars who are working in areas related to health highlighted the critical role midwives play in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals - to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Some of the issues raised by the scholars included the important role midwives play in preventing maternal deaths and improving reproductive health.
Dr Luca Tasciotti, Lecturer in Economics, said: “Every year more than a third of a million women and girls die in pregnancy or childbirth. Pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality have social and economic consequences, which negatively affect the overall global productivity of the country and mine the quality of life of the households. The presence of midwives is fundamental in reducing the millions of new born and maternal deaths.”
Other scholars who took part were Dr Pallavi Roy, Lecturer in International Economics, CISD and Research Director, Anti-Corruption Evidence Consortium, Dr Antonio Andreoni, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Research Director, Anti-Corruption Evidence Consortium and MSc Global Ecomomic Governance and Policy student Aziz Hammad.
The campaign coincided with the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May.