The Women’s University in Africa (WUA) is the first institute of higher learning in Zimbabwe to introduce a Midwifery Degree which is expected to help reduce maternal mortality rates in the country.

Standing at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births, Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate is regarded as one of the highest in world.

WUA has, however, decided to upscale the country’s midwifery skills by introducing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Midwifery.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner held in the capital this Wednesday (yesterday) keynote speaker, Managing Director of PSMI Dr Farai Muchena said the knowledge and expertise acquired by the graduands is expected to significantly contribute in reducing maternal deaths in the country.

Coordinator of the degree programme at the university, Dr Priscilla Mataire said due to their dynamism and responsiveness, they are the first institution to offer the programme in the country which will benefit Zimbabwe’s health needs.

Some of the country’s health centers in the outlying have grappled with a shortage of midwifery personnel putting the lives of expecting mothers at risk.

The introduction of the degree programme, the first of its kind, will help reduce the high maternal deaths currently prevailing.