ICM is developing a new Framework
A group of renowned experts in the field of midwifery and Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands, over the last two days to provide input into the next steps of the development of a new ICM document, which is a framework for RMNCH. The content of the document as well as the title were intensely discussed and reviewed by the over 20 experts who came to The Hague.
The Framework will provide policy makers and other stakeholders such as health care professional associations, CSOs and health system experts in low- and middle-income countries with an evidence-based tool for analysing existing RMNCH services and developing plans and actions for addressing gaps and shortages in RMNCH with a longer term view to ensuring optimal quality of care in maternal and newborn health services and more explicitly the midwives role in this. Countries can use the Framework to consider mainstream and equity-based approaches to expand the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality (AAAQ) of midwifery services and the essential interventions for MNH.
The Framework includes modules that can be used in sequence or individually, and can be adapted to the specific needs of a national health system. It guides the user through supply and demand bottlenecks that affect the coverage and impact of midwifery services and supports informed decision-making on strategic policy and implementation. It focuses in particular on the situational analysis of Education, Regulation, Association and Human Resources / workforce. Participants of the Expert Review Group analyzed each aspect in turn providing technical advice, supported by evidence and tools with a view to making the Framework as robust and user friendly as possible.
Small groups workshopped dissemination, engagement and implementation of the Framework bringing a vast lived experience and resulting expertise to the process. Over the next few months further work will be carried out on the framework in order to ensure it’s preparation for ICM Council members in May 2014 and partnership endorsement.
Prepared by Rachael Lockey and Cathrin Jerie