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Midwives can provide about 90% of the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH) care needed, yet they account for less than 10% of the global SRMNAH workforce.

The world needs 900,000 more midwives, mostly in low-income countries and in Africa.

At current rates, there will still be a shortage of 750,000 midwives in 2030.

Without additional investment, the gap between rich and poor countries is projected to widen by 2030.