Neha Mankani is a public health practitioner and a midwife. She is the founder of the Mama Baby Fund, a financial emergency response fund for maternal and neonatal health in Pakistan. She works at the Indus Health Network where she has developed a purpose built midwife led birthing facility in remote Pakistan.
In April, the International Confederation of Midwives and United Nations Population Fund released calls to action on the protection of midwives, women, and newborns during the pandemic. This op-ed presents the inside story behind those calls.