Toronto 2017: 31st ICM Triennial Congress


Flags opening ceremony

Congress opening ceremony: (L-R) Nester Moyo, ICM Senior Midwifery Advisor holding ICM flag, Katrina Kilroy, CAM President and host holding Canadian flag and Sue Bree, ICM outgoing board member holding the Congress flag 

The 31st Triennial Congress took place in Toronto, Canada from 18-22 June. Over 4,000 midwives, partners, stakeholders in midwifery, and civil society organizations attended the Congress, which was a lightining rod for education, information-sharing, networking and strategiziation of the role that midwives will play over the coming years in the sexual, reproductive,maternal and newborn health space. 

The Congress is a leading forum for midwifery with the aim of achieving progress in the care of pregnant women, mothers, newborns and their families. A rich selection of experts in the field of midwifery and global health presented during the Congress. They included -His Exellency  Jakaya Kikwete – Former President of Tanzania, Her Exellency Toyin Saraki – ICM Goodwill Ambassador and founder of Welbeing Foundation Africa, Honourable, Jane Philpott – Minister of Health for Canada, Mr. Peter Singer – CEO of Grand Challenges, Dr Natalia Kanem – Acting Deputy Executive Director Programmes of UNFPA, representatives from Governments worldwide, and many others.


March for More MIdwives 

The March for More Midwives was a curtain-raiser for the ICM 31st Triennial Congress. Thousands of midwives representing 113 countries, took over the streets of downtown Toronto in a spectacular parade through the city. The march drew attention to the role of midwives in reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. 

March for more midwives 2017


Congress resources

ICM partnered with Johnson & Johnson and Girls Globe to highlight the voices of midwives and the many ways that midwives are making a difference in the world. You can access the 31st Triennial Congress coverage from the following links:-

- Blogs, videos and stories 

- #ICMLive newsletter

- Recorded plenary sessions

- Memories of Toronto video 

The official 31st Triennial Congress website:









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