International Day of the Midwife 2012

In 2012 the International Day of the Midwife built on the achievements of the Road to Durban campaign in 2011, engaging stakeholders and providing a powerful platform to campaign globally for commitments to investing in midwifery education, employment and deployment.

In 2012 the message that ‘the world needs midwives more than ever’ was as relevant,strengthened by the evidence in  The State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2011 (SOWMR) and PMNCH report Essential Interventions, Commodities and Guidelines for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Both provide substantial independent evidence to support the case that adequately educated and resourced professional midwives are crucial to achieving MDGs 4&5. Further the message that ‘Midwives Save Lives’ is increasingly relevant as the 2015 deadline for realising the MDGs draws ever closer.

Read messages from our partners supporting International Day of the Midwife 2012. 

Joint message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, and Agneta S. Bridges, Secretary General, ICM, International Confederation of Midwives

International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2012 Read here (English) French  Spanish

A joint statement by Frances Day-Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Prof. Gamal Serour, President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the occasion of the 20th International Day of the Midwife. Read here.

See the Resource Pack for 2012 for Midwives Associations


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