In 2008, the Ghanaian government introduced free health care for all pregnant women.
However, due to an acute shortage of midwives in the country, nearly half of all women still give birth without assistance from a qualified health worker.
For Ghana to make real progress on reducing maternal mortality, many more midwives like Cecilia are needed on the front line to deliver life-saving free health-care.

Shot by Abbie Trayler-Smith/ Panos Pictures for Oxfam
Edited by Anna Stevens/ Panos Pictures

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