Celebrating 20 years of ZICOM in saving mothers and newborn lives in Zimbabwe
In celebrating its 20th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives (ZICOM), the members awarded seven of its founding members among them - Ms. Nester T. Moyo who is the current Senior Midwifery Adviser with the International Confederation of Midwives.
Ms Moyo served as an executive member for ZICOM from 1995 to 2000. Her valuable contribution over the years made the ZICOM grow into a reputable organization which not only represent the welfare of midwives in the country but ensuring every woman is attended by a skilled midwife. Other founding members who were awarded are:- Ms. Hegar Mapondera, Dr. Christina Rawdon, Dr. Judith Audrey Chamisa, Mrs. Cynthia Chasokela, Mrs. Siyemule Nduna and
Mr. Emmanuel Nyaruwe.
On the same occasion the ZICOM held its annual general meeting and a scientific conference, with a theme – “Midwives for a better tomorrow”. The conference was attended by one hundred and forty two midwives from all 10 provinces and representatives from different organizations. The participants pointed out the need for midwives to continue improving the health of women, their children and families. Moreover, the main objectives of the meeting was to provide a platform for sharing experiences and ideas on best practices and mapping the way forward for 2016.
“I urge the midwives to remain relevant in their practice through continuing professional development and upholding professional responsibility and accountability.” Commented Lillian G Dodzo, ZICOM President during the 20th anniversary scientific conference. Ms. Dodzo added, “Research knowledge is critical for midwives to promote evidence based midwifery practice and quality maternity care that should always be available, accessible, acceptable and affordable to all the women, their children and families.”
The partner representatives who participated in the conference included the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe motherhood in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Nurses Association, Aspen Pharmaceuticals, Africa University and NUST among others.
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