The Midwives Association of Tajikistan held a ‘Best Midwife’ competition on May 5th, the International Day of the Midwife. The event was supported by the Ministry of Health; GIZ’s Health in Central Asia /Tajikistan programme, and USAID’s Quality Health Care Project.
On International Day of the Midwife 2015, four teams of midwives from different regions of Tajikistan (Khatlon, Sughd, GBAO and subordination districts) participated in the ‘Best Midwife’ event. The jury evaluated their theoretical knowledge and practical skills as midwives. The midwives also demonstrated their skills in reading poetry, singing and dancing. The various teams gave colourful performances on the themes of home delivery and their complications; family planning; and the implications of ‘cousin marriages’.
Tajikistan is a very mountainous country, with a shortage of medical staff and poor access to quality health care. In order to achieve our health goals (MDGs) and provide timely assistance to pregnant women in Tajikistan, all the many skills of midwives are essential.
During the competition, a teleconference with Kyrgyz colleagues took place in which they congratulated all participants on the International Day of Midwife event and wished us success in our future work, thereby confirming the collaboration between our two Midwifery Associations. All of the participants were then awarded with prizes.
Such events play an important role in enhancing the status and role of midwives in the community and provide powerful motivation for the professional development of midwives.
In Tajikistan on June 2014 the National Association of Midwives of the Republic of Tajikistan was established. On March 2, 2015 with technical support from GIZ’s Regional Programme for Health in Central Asia, the Midwives Association became a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
In recent years, global maternal mortality has decreased significantly. Two thirds of births now take place in the presence of a skilled health worker. Nevertheless, nearly 40 million women in the world still give birth without skilled assistance, increasing the risk of death and disability for themselves and for the newborn. We need midwives who are the vital solution to the challenge of providing high-quality maternal and newborn care for all women and newborn infants, in all countries.
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