Back 25 February 2014

Midwives: short term investment or long term gain?

“Fast-paced economic development across Africa has been one of the driving forces behind a huge recent increase in healthcare investment”. 

ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk, attended the Africa Healthcare Summit industry conference held in London last week. The objectives of the Summit were to assess the role of new technology in transforming healthcare provision; uncover development and expansion plans for private hospitals; benefit from case study insights of a diverse range of countries; and uncover future investment opportunities in Africa Healthcare.

Frances Day-Stirk gave a presentation titled 'Midwives: short term investment or long term gain?' Key points included the following:

1. Women in Africa have the highest risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth in the world – and the lowest proportion of births attended by skilled health workers
2. All women - especially the poor and marginalised - deserve quality professional care
3. Requirement for quality midwifery care and the ICM
4. Global commitments for strengthening quality midwifery care
5. Five critical challenges in the Africa health worker crisis
6. Government stewardship in achieving UHC

Watch the evening session here (France starts her presentation at 28:47 min).

Frances Day-Stirk presenting

Frances Day-Stirk presenting at the Africa Healthcare Summit 2014


FD-S networking

Networking evening


About the Africa Healthcare Summit 2014:

The Africa Healthcare Summit 2014 took place outside Africa to provide African Ministries of Health and healthcare professionals the opportunity to gain insight into the latest international developments in healthcare provision; as well as the opportunity for them to network with international healthcare experts, investors, and solution providers.

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