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The Training of Auxilliary Nurse-Midwives In Afghanistan


  • Lynette K. Russell C.N.M.,

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    • Ann Richter, C.N.M., received her MPH from Johns Hopkins University and has worked for eight years in Africa and Afghanistan in a variety of MCH programs. She is currently a faculty member of the nurse-midwifery program at Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, KY.

  • Anne M. Richter C.N.M.

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    • Lynette Russell, C.N.M., received her MS from Columbia University. She has worked for six years in India and Afghanistan in MCH programs. She is currently living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti At the time this article was written, both authors were advisors to the Nurse-Midwifery Project in Afghanistan.

Nurse-Midwifery Program, Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, KY 41775 or Lynette K. Russell, Port-au-Prince (I.D.), Department of State, Washington, DC. 20520.


In Afghanistan, there is an imbalance between the essential health needs of women and children and the resources available to meet these needs. A training program designed to prepare auxiliary nurse-midwives was established as one approach to meeting the need for health personnel and health services in rural areas.