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The Afghan Midwives Association (AMA) was formed in 3 May 2005 with the support of the USAID-funded ACCESS and Health Services Support Projects. Beginning with only 15 members and formally joined as member association of International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in November 2005.The AMA has grown more than 3,000 professional midwives and student members from 34 provincial chapters. Increasing donor support has steadily expanded the number of AMA implemented activities to raise awareness for safe motherhood and to improve the quality of midwifery education and health service provision. The AMA is the biggest professional association advocating for safe motherhood and spearheading the formulation of a national regulatory body for midwifery and nursing to safe the public by regulating the profession, setting educational standards as well as professional development of midwives.

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