Abstract re examines the role that traditional birth attendants can be expected to play in efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality addressed to policy makers and planners the booklet aims to encourage realistic decisions based on a firm understanding of what tbas can and cannot do and the extent to which their strengths and limitations might be affected by training programmes. World health organization who united nations population fund unfpa unicef. A brief history of training of traditional birth attendants tbas summary of evidence for effectiveness of tba training and consideration of the future role of trained tbas in an environment that emphasizes transition to skilled birth attendance are provided evidence of the effectiveness of tba . Unicef and world health organization and united nations fund for population activities traditional birth attendants a joint who unfpa unicef statement world health organization geneva 1992 australian harvard citation unicef world health organization united nations fund for population activities. Because of the current shortage of professional midwives and institutional facilities to provide prenatal care and clean safe deliveries as well as a variety of health care functions the who unfpa and unicef promote the training of traditional birth attendants tbas to bridge the gap untill all women and children have access to acceptable health care services
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