Midwives on the Pandemic Frontline: WHO COVID-19 Update – Preconference event!

We are honoured to announce that World Health Organization (WHO)  associates will be presenting two special preconference sessions starting 3 hours before the start of VIDM 2020.  We hope you will be able to join us for these significant presentations and discussions.

Midwives on the Pandemic Frontline: WHO COVID-19 Update

A :: WHO guidance on maternal and newborn health during the coronavirus pandemic

04 May – 19:00 UTC  (Click for the time in your location)

Speakers:  Elizabeth Iro, WHO Chief Nurse and midwife  and Fran McConville, WHO Midwifery adviser.

B :: Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond

04 May -20:00 UTC  (Click for the time in your location)

Speakers: Lastina Lwatula (Jhpiego Zambia), Mary Renfrew (University of Dundee, Scotland), and Anna von Horsten (UNFPA) on behalf of a group of global colleagues

Check the VIDM 2020 Programme Calendar for conference session details. Click HERE

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VIDM 2020 Keynote and Invited Guest Speakers

It is our pleasure to announce the keynote and invited guest speakers for Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2020.  In addition to our globally renowned Keynote Speakers, we also have a special invited guest, Rebecca Dekker, joining us during the conference to discuss the COVID-19 crisis (Session 17).

There are several invited guest speakers headlining the 2020 Student Stream. The Student Stream has speakers of interest to students, as well as presentations by student midwives from around the world.  The full 2020 Program will be available on the website in the next few weeks.

Keynote Speakers:

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Sheena Byrom – Opening:  Session 1

Saraswathi Vedam– Session 18

Vijaya Krishnan– Session 8

Susan Crowther–  Closing:  Session 24

Invited Guest Speakers:

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Rebecca Dekker– Session 17

Hazel Keedle (Student Stream) – Session 8

Cindy Farley and Jennifer Jagger (Student Stream) – Session 20

As an online conference, Virtual International Day of the Midwife is one of the few international events that does not have to change format or postpone or cancel due to physical distancing restrictions. All you need is access to the internet and you are able to attend any or all of the more than 24 hours of sessions . The VIDM uses webconferencing technology (Big Blue Button) that is mobile friendly and relatively low bandwidth.  Instruction on how to access the conference will be available later.

Important Dates:
    • Deadline for Poster Proposals: 13 April
    • VIDM 2020: 04-05 May

Good news! Call for posters extended!

Did you miss the deadline for the call for poster proposals? We have good news for you.

The call for posters have been extended until Monday 13 April at noon UCT.

Check here for the time in your location:  https://bit.ly/VIDoM20-posters-extended

For more information about the posters and how to submit your poster and information for review: Call for Poster Proposals