Strengthening the health of women and children is a key priority for the United Nations, and one of the best ways to do this is to expand access to quality health services. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), well-trained midwives could help avert roughly two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths.

Recently, the UN Foundation hosted a press fellowship in Viet Nam to give journalists a chance to learn more about the success and challenges of the country’s health system. While there, we saw how the UN and the government of Viet Nam are working together on a program to train midwives who can provide maternal and reproductive health care services to women living in remote communities in the country.

Read the story and explore photos of how the UN is helping improve the lives of women and newborns in Viet Nam.

Calling the Midwives by UN Foundation on Exposure