Film screening: Myanmar Midwife
Myanmar Midwife – an eye opening look at midwifery in rural Myanmar
Every year, approximately one million women in Myanmar give birth; of these, more than 2,400 die from pregnancy related causes. In addition, 33,000 newborns die annually within the first month of their lives. Most of these deaths are preventable.
The scarcity of skilled health workers and health facilities in rural Myanmar mean that government-trained midwives are obliged to provide not only mother-and-child but also primary health care. Myanmar Midwife takes an eye-opening look at the situation for midwife Nwe Ni Cho, who serves seven villages with a total population of 2,760 people in the Yangon River delta two hours to the north-east of the country’s former capital.
The screening will be followed by a short film “one year later” and a discussion with the film producer Carine Weiss.
Carine Weiss is Public Health Expert and works as a project leader at Medicus Mundi Switzerland and as a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. She holds a degree in clinical psychology and a master in international health. She lived three years abroad and coordinated mainly maternal and child health care projects in Cambodia, Haiti and in Myanmar.