The Symposium on Strengthening Midwifery: Saving Lives and Promoting Health of Women and Newborns took place 5 June 2010 - 6 June 2010 leading up to the Women Deliver 2010 conference in Washington, D.C. Capitalizing on the momentum pre-conference, the symposium convened over 200 midwives and others with midwifery skills, leading UN agencies, civil society, policy makers and donors (multi-lateral and bilateral) engaged globally in strengthening midwifery education and quality of midwifery services. The primary aim was to build the consensus required to make a fundamental push for investments in strengthened midwifery services, including education, regulation and association, as a way to reach MDGs 4, 5 and 6. The result of the symposium was a joint statement: A Global Call to Action: Strengthen Midwifery to Save Lives and Promote Health of Women and Newborns.
Key objectives of the Symposium were:
- Raise awareness on the critical role of midwifery services in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6;
- Create a global movement for the strengthening of midwifery services, including education, regulation and association, as a way to reach MDGs 4, 5 and 6;
- Share experiences around particular challenges facing midwifery in low resource countries; and
- Launch a joint statement of key partners in support of global strengthening of midwifery to achieve MDG 5 in particular.
The one and a half day Symposium was organized by UNFPA and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Health Work Force Alliance (GHWA), the John Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and the World Bank.
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Learn more about the event here: http://www.unfpa.org/public/site/global/lang/en/pid/5248