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Back 3 November 2014

Ebola: Dramatic impacts on care for women and newborns

As devastated families and overwhelmed health workers in the affected countries continue to provide care, at significant risk to themselves, ICM offers condolences to the many women, families and communities that have lost loved ones. Our thoughts are also with those who are being treated and to those who need treatment.

ICM applauds our partners and colleagues around the world who are working courageously to provide critical, lifesaving care, personal protective equipment and other measures to stop transmission and prevent international spread.

“Like other health workers, midwives too are being infected with Ebola and their lives lost in trying to save others. The State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014 highlighted the lack of human resources for health and access to midwifery care in the three countries most hit by Ebola; those already short of midwives now face even greater shortages impacting on generations to come” says ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk.

The outbreak also highlights the vulnerability of women and children in crisis situations, especially with regard to healthcare access. While ICM’s role does not involve direct health care, our member associations comprise hundreds of thousands of midwives around the world. It is often these providers that represent a family’s only interaction with the health care system. ICM remains in close contact with our members in the countries affected most and where feasible, will engage with international and national colleagues to support their ongoing efforts in tackling this crisis.

For resources and up-to-date information about Ebola, please refer to the WHO website.

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