Six international organizations, as well as multilateral, civil society and private sector partners are hosting the Second Global Midwifery Symposium in Kuala Lumpur on 26-27 May. The event focuses on strengthening quality, life-saving midwifery care. If all women delivered with a competent, well equipped midwife, two thirds of maternal and newborn deaths could be averted and roughly 3.6 million lives saved by 2015.
The two-day symposium will highlight the key issues and challenges in addressing midwifery service availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of care. Midwifery services need to be available to women and their families everywhere, including geographically isolated areas. Removing financial and social barriers is critical to making midwifery services accessible. Acceptable midwifery care is culturally sensitive to women and their families. The universal adoption of global standards, competencies and development tools will ensure quality care.
A joint declaration of commitment will be launched on the second day of the event to strengthen midwifery services and address challenges to enhance progress towards MDGs 4 and 5. Over 25 partners will pledge their support towards improving access and availability of midwifery services while ensuring that services are culturally acceptable and of the highest quality.
In addition, an interactive e-learning program for midwives will be announced on the same day. The multimedia training modules are user-friendly and allow workers to do training offline, even where there is no internet. This innovative partnership will help expand frontline health workers’ access to essential life-saving skills and improve the quality of the care they provide.
What: JOINT DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT AND INNOVATIVE E-TRAINING LAUNCH
27 May, Monday
Second Global Midwifery Symposium
Conference Hall 3
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The global symposium will bring together up to 230 prominent midwives from key priority countries engaged in the fields of midwifery education, regulation, and association development; health workers with midwifery skills, UN partners; donor country representatives and policy makers. More information can be found on the websites of the organizers: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/events/pid/13857