World Health Organization (WHO) associates Elizabeth Iro and Fran McConville are leading a preconference session starting 3 hours before the start of VIDM 2022, with additional speakers Adetoro Adegoke; Irina Popescu; Matthew Chersich; and Annie Portela. Listen to the multi country panel with representatives from Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Bolivia.

We hope you will be able to join us for this celebration of midwives! Hear what the WHO Director General has to say about how much WHO values the skilled, compassionate care and dedication of midwives globally.

Preconference :: Celebrating global achievements in midwifery: Opportunities and challenges in 2022

The past two years has seen a notable increase in global attention to midwifery through the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020), the publication of the 2021 State of the Worlds Midwifery (SOWMy) report  and the WHO Strategic Directions in  Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2021-25.  These reports identify four urgent priorities: strengthen midwifery leadership, strengthen quality midwifery education, invest in midwife-led care and services and improve planning and management of the midwifery workforce. 

Join us to learn how WHO is taking forward these recommendations and hear the voices of midwives on the challenges they face and the progress they are making.

Find out about the impact of climate change on women and their newborns and learn why the new “hot of the press” WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience will support you in providing quality post-natal to women, newborns and their families.

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