ICM Continues Implementation of Midwifery Services Framework in Zambia
Through the ICM Project Lead based in Zambia, ICM continues to establish new communication lines to the Zambian Ministry of Health in their implementation of the Midwifery Services Framework (MSF). In September, ICM organised a Trainer of Trainers workshop as well as a Stakeholders workshop with aims to strengthen the sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health (SRMNCH) situation in the country.
The Trainer of Trainers Workshop
This workshop trained Midwifery Services Framework (MSF) champions to:
- Discuss with stakeholders the continuum of care women and their families should receive from midwives in Zambia.
- Agree with stakeholders on how the health system should be organized to provide accessible, acceptable, available, and quality care from midwives in Zambia.
- Agree and plan with stakeholders on how to develop and strengthen the midwifery workforce in Zambia.
- Discuss how to strengthen the capacity and training of midwives in Zambia.
- Identify ways in which enabling work environments will be created for midwives in Zambia.
The Stakeholders Workshop
The main objectives of September’s Stakeholders Workshop were to:
- Identify the best care package for women and their families in Zambia.
- Plan the development and strengthening of the midwifery workforce in Zambia.
- Identify ways to create an enabling work environment for midwives in Zambia.
- To deliberate the strengthening capacity and training of midwives in Zambia.
- To agree on how the health system should be organized in Zambia in order to provide accessible, acceptable midwifery services.
Through the workshops, the areas prioritised included midwifery education, regulation, workforce and leadership. These priorities will be presented to the Zambian Ministry of Health with the aim of developing a strategy that addresses them.