Back 20 June 2016

Meet the winners of 2016 Midwives For Life Awards

Since 2014 the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Sanofi Espoir Foundation have been rewarding projects run by midwives, which are focusing on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countires. 

This year we received 73 project entries, the selection committee selected eight outstanding projects from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Each midwife who won will receive €5,000 in aid to carry out her project. The winners for 2016 are:-

  • Afghanistan – Amina Soltani, from the Afghan Midwives Association, for the project “Alternative method in midwifery program ”


  • Comores – Sett-Fatima Tadjiddine, from the Fédération Nationale des Associations des Sages-Femmes en Union des Comores, for the project "Improving sexual and reproductive health"


  • Indonesia – Andari Wuri Astuti, from the Indonesian midwifery Board, for "A pilot project : providing right maternity services for pregnant adolescent and adolescent father"


  • Cote d’Ivoire – Madame Yao, from the Association des Sages-femmes Ivoiriennes (ASFI) for the project  "Reinforcing capacities in communication"


  • Gambia – Arfang F. Faye, from the National Association of Gambia Nurses and Midwives, for the project “Training of midwives on Vacuum”


  • Malawi – Violet Konga, from the Ekwendeni College of Health Sciences, for the project "Curriculum Development for post-nursing Midwifery programme"


  • Zambie – Béatrice Zulu, from the Midwives Association of Zambia, for the project "Strengthening Midwifery Training by Training Midwifery Faculty"


  • Chili/Equateur – Dra. Erica Castro Inostroza, from the Colegio de Matronas y Matrones de Chile – “Implementing a pedagogical model for improving technicians’ care performance associated to leading obstetric causes of maternal mortality in Ecuador”


To read more about 2016 winners click HERE and for 2015 winners click HERE. Visit to learn more about the Midwife For Life Award

Congratulations to all the winners!




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