London's Guardian reports today that:
In order to provide universal access to reproductive, maternal and newborn health services in the 51 countries with the lowest incomes and highest burden of disease, more than 4.2 million health workers are required.
The World Health Organization recognizes the role that midwives play in reducing infant mortality rates and wants to increase the number of midwives. Unicef offers 18-month midwife training programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan right now. You can watch some videos about the program's success here.