Using international forums to introduce MSF
The Government of Sierra Leone is embarking on national strategic planning on health workforce and hosted a two day summit involving, ministers, policy-makers, technicians and various stakeholders from Sierra Leone and in the region including, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
ICM as a thought leader in midwifery and programming participated in the summit, which presented an opportune moment to introduce the Midwifery Services Framework (MSF). Senior Midwifery Advisor, Nester T Moyo who was representing ICM had a chance to present the MSF in a group of participants from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi. Ms. Moyo also met with UNFPA Technical advisor, Dr Mohamed Ali Elhassein with his team, President of Sierra Leone Midwives Association Ms Safiatu Foday, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Ms Hossainatu Kanu and WHO Country Director, Anders Nordstrom among others; who both felt that the introduction of MSF is well worth introducing in Sierra Leone. Partners indicated that they will do their best to promote the framework with Ministry of Health and obtain political buy- in.
Nester T Moyo, explaining the MSF during a group work. Members included Jhpiego, Clinton health action initiative, nurses and midwives board registrer, London school of tropical hygiene among others.
In another occasion Ms. Moyo, addressed 61 graduates of the Professional State Certified Midwives at a graduation ceremony in Freetown. Speaking during the ceremony, Ms. Moyo informed the midwives that ICM has a definition of a midwife and the essential competencies they should acquire from their education process. She shared the evidence that a well-educated and regulated midwife who is well supported by the system can lead to the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds and that investment in midwifery leads to 16 fold return on investment.
ICM is aware that the Sierra Leone education programme is educationally sound and enables the midwives to acquire the competencies. It is critical for the newly qualified midwives to create their own identify by being compassionate, kind and competent. That way the government of Sierra Leone will reap the rewards of its investment by the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths. Mrs Moyo urged the midwives, “Be the best you can be under all circumstances. Give your best all the time and maternal and newborn mortality will drop in Sierra Leone. Take up your responsibility with confidence. You are well educated, regulated and supported. Demonstrate your competence and enjoy the day because you deserve it. Congratulation!”
The class of 2016 had 100% pass rate, the best result the National School of Midwifery has had in years; with 3 Distinctions, 23 Credits and 35 passes. Midwives are a much needed human resource in Sierra Leone, key to Safe Motherhood and equally pivotal in the reduction of Maternal and Infant Mortality.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Hon. Madina Rahman handing over a preent to one of the best students
The National School of Midwifery has been in existence for over 40 years. The key mandate is the training of Midwives and Obstetric Nurses for Sierra Leone to work at various levels of care. The school offers both Post-Basic Professional 18 months Midwifery training to State Registered Nurses (SRNs) and Pre-service Obstetric Affiliation courses in Maternal and Newborn Health for a period of 12 weeks and 20 weeks to SRNs and SECHNs respectively as beneficiaries.