Interview with a Head of Midwifery in Afghanistan

Fahima Nazri is the Head of Midwifery at a large international hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Maternal Matters is delighted to feature the important work of Ms Nazri this month.

Why did you become a midwife?

At first I selected to study midwifery because it was the dream of my father.  But during studying and after graduation I  came to understand how important this profession is. Actually I now deeply understand that midwives save lives that is why I am proud of my job.

How does your working day start?

Every day I start my work with full energy toward my goal. I love to work with my midwives for their more and more improvement.

“My goal is to have a hospital with model midwifery care.”

What is the most rewarding or enjoyable part of you job?

When I see the midwives helps the woman with good care and respect.  Also when I find a solution to a challenge in my work.

What is the biggest challenge for midwives in Afghanistan?

“There are lots of challenges for a midwife to work in Afghanistan.”

For example, you can not work according to your job description, not enough respect from people and governnmentals, you are not safe if you work as a woman in rural area, you can not be a leader in high position, economics, higher education, trust and so on…..

When things are difficult in the hospital, what helps you to keep going?

Good management.

What is your dream for Afghan midwives?

Model midwifery care.

How have you been involved in the Afghan Midwives Association?

When I was a student midwife, I heard the speech Afghan Midwives Association’s president about the aim of this association and it’s importance.

After a busy day at work, how do you like to relax?

Remembering the positive points of the work and my goal.

Afghan Midwives Association

State of Afghanistan’s Midwifery 2014 Report


Featured image credit: DFATD / MAECD, Flickr Creative Commons

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