Midwife Phanmaha Nongthilath makes home visits in Asing Saneh, in rural Laos. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer

Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but Trump defunding threatens the progress made

Medical training has reduced maternal and infant mortality rates in rural Laos. US president’s decision to cease funding UN body behind the programme, over accusation it backs forced sterilisations in China, could undo all the good work

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Midwife Phanmaha Nongthilath makes home visits in Asing Saneh, in rural Laos. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer
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