Young mothers are waiting to weigh and measure their children at the antenatal clinic Aziz Khan in the province of Laghman in Afhanistan. For long Afghanistan was the country with the highest child and maternal mortality. One in five children died before the age of five. However, extensive investments in the training of female health workers, particularly midwives, has in recent years managed to reverse the negative trend.

Saeeda Hajatullah is 18 years . Despite her age , she has already worked as a midwife for two years, and helped to redeem over 100 women. She says that malnutrition is still a major problem among kids. When she weighs and measures the children, she explains to the mothers what they can do to prevent malnutrition.