Save the Children EVERY ONE Midwife Award


ICM/Save the Children EVERY ONE Midwife Award - call for nominations 

Help us raise the profile of the role of midwives in reducing newborn mortality by submitting nominations for this award.

Closing date for nominations: 

Nominate a midwife now!

Eligible countries: 

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania.

About the Award

ICM together with Save the Children are working to identify and reward two midwives who have been champions for newborn survival in those areas which experience the highest number of newborn deaths.

This is the third occasion that Save the Children has presented a midwife award. The first winner was from Ethiopia and the second winners were from Malawi and South Africa – these exceptional women promoted change at scale against the odds.

In 2011 the awards weree given at the ICM Triennial Congress in Durban on behalf of EVERY ONE, Save the Children’s global campaign to save children’s lives, and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Save the Children tackles the most common causes of newborn and child deaths and is building a movement in over sixty countries to support action to save children’s lives and urge leaders to live up to their promises to children. To stop needless deaths of newborn babies and children and achieve the fourth Millennium Development Goal, Save the Children recognises that there needs to be a health worker within reach of every vulnerable child, who is trained, equipped and supported to deal successfully with the principal threats to that child’s survival through the first five years of life.

Working together ICM and Save the Children are working to demonstrate the difference that midwives can make for newborn survival.

Nominations are being sought for midwives who have made an exceptional contribution to newborn survival.

Nominated midwives should:

  • Be working in a low- or middle-income country that is high burden for maternal and neonatal deaths (see list of qualifying countries above);
  • Be actively working in the public or non-profit health sector, in clinical work, education, research or outreach, having an effect beyond one hospital or unit
  • Provide an example of commitment to newborn care for example in training in essential newborn care, resuscitation, kangaroo mother care;
  • Show compassion and empathy for women, newborns, families, as well as co-workers;
  • Be a positive role model - dynamic, motivated, passionate, an agent for change;
  • Remain up to date with current midwifery practice;
  • Promote and participate in building a positive work environment, including staff growth, mentorship, learning and development.


For more information about the award and to make your nomination, click here.

Closing date for nominations: 15 April 2011

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A Midwife's Story 

Ms. Phoebe Lolly Mashao is the 2008 Save the Children Midwife Award winner, presented by The Princess Royal at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress 2008 in Glasgow. Ms. Mashao works in Limpopo, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. Her expertise in rural community health led to her appointment as coordinator of the Limpopo Initiative to improve newborn care in the province. Recognising excellence...

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