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Direct Relief is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized in California with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest.

Established in 1948, Direct Relief works to strengthen the efforts of its partners through the provision of resources, including financial, technical, and essential medical material. Direct Relief is non-sectarian, nongovernmental, and apolitical. Programs are administered in a non-discriminatory manner, free of charge on a humanitarian basis, and without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, or ethnic identity. 

Learn about Direct Relief's work by visiting its website

ICM has a Memorandum of Understanding with Direct Relief to advance matters of common interest, including to help ensure that midwives working in resource poor settings have access to the tools necessary to be effective to improve maternal and newborn health and reduce maternal and infant mortality worldwide.

During the 31st Triennial Congress in Toronto, ICM in collaboration with Direct Relief launched a midwifery map. The map shows comprehensive data about midwifery education, association and regulation around the globe. It also details country statistics on rates of maternal and neonatal outcomes, as well as incidences of C-section. 


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Global Midwives Associations Map