Meeting Women'S Health Needs In Yemen: A Midwifery Perspective


  • Debra S. Penney CNM, MS, MPH

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    • Debra S. Penney completed a nurse-midwifery degree at the University of Colorado and an MPH from Loma Linda University. She has lived in the Middle-East for 9 years, 8 of which have been in Yemen as a care provider and midwifery/primary health care trainer. She has worked for several international organizations, the most recent as clinical advisor in the project, “Options for Family Care,: funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented through John Snow, Inc.

Debra Penney, CNM, MS, MPH 8238 E. Long Pl., Englewood, CO 80112–2609.


Maternal mortality in Yemen is one of the highest in the world. Reaching the rural majority of the population with primary health care services has been a continual priority for the nation. Despite efforts to expand health services, access to maternal and child health care remains low. The training of community midwives nationwide has been undertaken recently to address the need for maternal and child health services, particularly in rural areas. Several lessons have been gained through this initial training that will improve future efforts.