Zir Chinar Kham, Afghanistan—In Ghutai’s third home delivery, her newborn struggled to breathe and died before help could be found. When the Afghan mother of two went into labor with her next child, she was determined that the outcome would be different. With the help of a neighbor, she made it 10 kilometers to her local health facility.

Just like before, Ghutai’s newborn had breathing problems. But thankfully, Dehdadi District Hospital’s midwife Enjila Yaqoobi knew what to do. A recent training on newborn resuscitation had given Yaqoobi the confidence and skills to resuscitate Ghutai’s baby. Today, baby Muzda is healthy and growing strong.

Midwife Yaqoobi attributes her lifesaving actions to the Helping Mothers and Children Thrive project—known as HEMAYAT— a training and mentorship program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by Jhpiego, in collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health.

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