After a successful celebration of the International Day of the Midwife, with events taking place all over the world, we are now fully focused on the final preparations for the 30th ICM Triennial Congress. From June 1-5th thousands of midwives and specialists from the field of reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) will gather at the ICM Congress in Prague, to discuss new issues and lessons learned for improved outcomes for every woman and every newborn. They will have the opportunity to participate in 434 oral presentations in 145 sessions, 37 workshops, and 36 symposia and further the discussion about maternal and newborn health. Daily key note speakers have been invited to address the plenary sessions, which will also be Live streamed for those unable to travel to Prague.
One of the highlights this year promises to be the launch of the State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014 on June 3rd 2014 describing the state of the midwifery workforce, including its challenges and progresses since the 2011 report. On the social side, the Gala Night will once again be a highlight with many artistic performances as well as a live orchestra.
It is a pleasure to address you in the very first edition of the daily newsletter from the 30th ICM Triennial Congress. The next edition will be available on the 1st of June, please sign up here to make sure you receive it.
The daily newsletter will cover topics and conversations emerging from the Congress, inspiring videos, blogs from live reporters, articles highlighting the impact of midwives on other sectors of development, summary of top tweets, photos and much, much more.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of all that is happening during Congress, conversations and sessions that you might have missed, and send word back home about the unfolding events in Prague. Better yet, those at home can subscribe to the newsletter, which is free of charge, and receive their delivery along with everyone else, on each day of the Congress.
This is a newsletter made by people for people and will only “get as good as it gets” if you help contribute!
Here is how: If you are a Tweeter, don’t hesitate to live tweet quotes, photos and videos using #ICMLive and watch out for your tweet to be featured in the daily summary, and delivered to thousands of subscribers worldwide.
You can even participate if you are not at the Congress by watching the Live Stream and also Retweeting and sharing content from #ICMLive to engage with your social network and share recaps of what happened during the day to keep them up-to-date in a live format.
If you haven’t used Twitter before, don’t despair but find yourself a Twitterbuddy, who can show you 1-2-1 how to do it. Read about this amazing project, initiated by a midwife from UK, here. If you need a step-by-step guide to sign up for a Twitter profile, you will find it here on the last pages.
Remember, #ICMLive relies on you to share emerging conversations with your social networks. The great thing about #ICMLive is, that it won’t just disappear after Congress, but all content will be available on a website for you to keep using. Many of the statements, photos, blogs and videos will be immensely useful for you to engage your stakeholders on maternal and newborn health.
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