Adopting ICM Annual Report, gearing up for 2017 Congress and strategising for Global Health 2030
In line with its constitution the ICM schedules an annual Council meeting, except in the triennial year. A fixture scheduled in our yearly calendar, it was held in conjunction with the face-face ICM Board meeting between 28-30 June in The Hague. We welcomed Council delegates, Franka Cadee from The Netherlands and Henny Jonkers from France who added their votes to Council members who voted to adopt the ICM 2015 Annual Report and Audited Accounts.
The Board had fruitful deliberations on operational and financial issues; received reports from each of the Standing Committees; updates on preparations for Council and Congress 2017 and approved the Saudi Midwifery Group (Saudi Arabia), Somali Midwifery Association (Somalia) and the Asociación Mexicana de Parterìa (Mexico) as ICM Associate Members.
Early July, I travelled to Toronto, the venue for the 31st ICM Triennial Congress, with ICM’s Congress Manager. The objective of the trip was primarily to film a promotional video to encourage midwives to attend the congress. I also met with the congress organisers and representatives from Toronto Tourism and managers of Nathan Phillips Square Special Events - supporters of congress and the March for More Midwives. There is huge enthusiasm for ICM coming to Toronto.
End July the Vice President, Address Malata and I, headed to Glasgow to participate in the Global Networks of WHO Collaborating Centres Executive Committee, Conference ‘Strategic Conversations: The contribution of Nursing & Midwifery towards Global Health 2030’ and General Meeting.
The meetings and conference, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, brought together global healthcare leaders and practitioners to debate future directions and challenges for Nursing & Midwifery in moving towards 2030.
ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk (in yellow blazer) and Vice President, Prof. Address Malata (next to her R) with other Globla healthcare leaders and practitioners.