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Herat, Afghanistan. - By midnight, Khurshid (35), already five months pregnant, was in serious trouble.
Bleeding heavily, she had passed out from severe pain at home, and her family had carried her unconscious body to the nearest, and only, health station in the remote and mountainous Chesht-e Sharif district of Afghanistan’s Herat Province.
“Her state shocked me, but I knew quickly that it was a miscarriage,” recalls Amena (22), the midwife on duty at the clinic, known locally as a Family Health House, that is supported by the Italian Agency for International Development and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.