“When a number of women in our family lost their lives during labour, and many babies passed away, and then when I lost my own babies – it all made me choose to study midwifery.”
Gulbadan grew up in a remote village in Afghanistan, with no reliable access to health care. When she witnessed a 19-year-old woman die after a week in labour, Gulbadan resolved to become a midwife. Her training at the Bamyan hospital is equipping her with the skills and knowledge she needs to return to her village and lead the fight against preventable deaths in pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood.
In a Heartbeat features the stories of people who are championing better health in their communities. Learn how Canadians are helping communities in Africa and Asia drive progress – and how these women and men are changing lives, one heartbeat at a time.
Aga Khan Foundation Canada invests in support and training for community members and a range of healthcare professionals who are champions for change. With the support of the Government of Canada and thousands of individual Canadians, our programs promote the empowerment of women and girls, and invest in health and nutrition, education, economic inclusion, agriculture and food security, early childhood development, and civil society across Africa and Asia.
Footage for this film was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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