By Dan Teng'o
Many children in the villages of Edd
al Fursan locality in war-weary Darfur are born in their parents' huts
under the watchful eyes of traditional birth attendants such as Asha Daud
Although Asha, 57, is illiterate, she
has delivered babies for 27 years, helping impoverished women give birth
safely in a demanding environment with scarce maternal health care services.
"I do it as a service to my community,"
says Asha, a resident of Jugma village, who recently participated in her
first training as a birth attendant.
Since 2008, World Vision has trained