Supported by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation, the YML 2021-2023 programme is a part-time, online/in person, learning and professional development experience offered over two-years for 15 early-career midwives and 5 executive midwives from ICM's member associations. The programme aims to:
Nurture the next generation of midwives by building young midwives’ skills, knowledge and confidence in leadership and advocacy.
Strengthen Midwives’ Associations globally.
Build a global community among young midwives to foster support and learning and create opportunities for research, innovation and advocacy.
Position and equip Young Midwife Leaders as advocates for the midwifery profession, as well as for sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and human rights more broadly.
Empower young midwives to address some of the biggest global health challenges of today.
Partnership with Johnson & Johnson Foundation
In 2017, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation partnered with ICM to create the Young Midwife Leaders Program to provide selected young midwives with a unique opportunity to learn how to develop as leaders in their professional lives and the communities they work in. This two-year program empowers young midwives with leadership and advocacy competencies to enable them to become advocates for midwifery, maternal and newborn health, sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality around the globe.
Written by the YMLs and EMLs, the YML/EML blog serves to showcase the activities of programme's Community of Practice.
Kindly see below the purpose of the YML/EML CoP and its primary activities.
CoP purpose statement
The YML/EML community of practice exists to strengthen midwifery leadership capacities and advocacy skills through sharing knowledge, experiences and building networks to shape global midwifery leaders in maternal new-born and adolescent reproductive health.
Agnes Mwafulirwa a midwife educator who is passionate about teaching student midwives and…
Agnes Mwafulirwa a midwife educator who is passionate about teaching student midwives and young midwives. She is currently the vice president for Midwives association of Zambia.
Kusaasira Anitah from Uganda registered midwife working with Mulago Specialized Women and…
Kusaasira Anitah from Uganda registered midwife working with Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital. Also part of the team that is developing an application to bridge the communication gap between deaf patients and health workers. Passionate about advocacy and becoming a voice of the many in my care and colleagues at work. My project is about improving advocacy in the midwifery profession for better health care systems and service delivery.
Shu Martha is a Cameroonian, Registered Midwife and blogger on Maternal and child health…
Shu Martha is a Cameroonian, Registered Midwife and blogger on Maternal and child health issues who is passionate about ensuring Senior and student Midwives operate at full potential. Her project is aimed at re-orientating Midwives back into the profession and letting them see the many opportunities there is for them while ensuring they get the technical know-how knowledge via workshops which will enable them network and provide the best maternity care to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality. She aims to put a stop to the DROP OUT rate of Midwives in the profession.
This is Asma Khatun,Goverment deployed Midwife of Benupur Union Sub Center, Gazipur,current…
This is Asma Khatun,Goverment deployed Midwife of Benupur Union Sub Center, Gazipur,current president of Bangladesh midwifery society.I have completed Diploma in midwifery in 2017, because I wanted to dedicate my life for saving lives of mothers and newborns. Before that, I have completed B.Sc honors & M.Sc in Mathematics.After the diploma in midwifery, I have been working in Radda MCH and FP centre & midwives Led Care Centre as a midwife. Then I joined as a Junior Instructor in BRAC University.
In 2018, I was elected as an Educational Secretary of Bangladesh Midwifery Society. In 2021, there was election again through online voting system all over the country &also i elected as the President. Now I am trying by best to advocate for the midwifery profession in Bangladesh nationally and internationally via working collaboration with all countries representatives midwives.
Augustin Harushimana is a Burundian, Midwife the founder and chairperson of The Midwife…
Augustin Harushimana is a Burundian, Midwife the founder and chairperson of The Midwife in Action's Association Burundi, he works at Friends Women's Association Burundi and he is a member of the Management Committee and Medical Technical Commission of Misuhuko Medical Center located in the rural area of Musama, his Natal village in the Central part of Burundi, He is passionate with participating in success of people particulary to help women in childbearing age to have a safe child.
His project aims to use Information and communication technologies for Midwives in Burundi to get information they need for taking care of their patients, communicating and sharing knowledge to improve sexual and reproductive health.
I am Malawian registered nurse midwife working at kamuzu central hospital. Am passionate…
I am Malawian registered nurse midwife working at kamuzu central hospital. Am passionate about seeing clients and patients getting better everyday.
My project is aiming at finding ways of preventing hypothermia in newborn babies especially on admission in NICU. Aiming at finding warm transportation of newborns from delivery room to NICU and ofcourse warm delivery rooms and resuscitaiors.
Edith Niber is a Registered Ghanaian Midwife with the Tamale Teaching Hospital. She is positive…
Edith Niber is a Registered Ghanaian Midwife with the Tamale Teaching Hospital. She is positive that the transmission of viral infections is not solely at the Household level, but prevalent at the Institutional level. She is, therefore, passionate about helping to empower midwives as the gatekeepers of safe pregnancy and delivery in populations with viral infections. The project aims at rolling back mother to child transmission as well as mother to midwife transmission or vice versa. The project would also expose midwives to the legal implications of medical negligence, and how adhering to protocols by stakeholders facilitates safe delivery and the safety of midwives generally.
Feri Anita Wijayanti is a young and energetic midwife from Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia…
Feri Anita Wijayanti
Feri Anita Wijayanti is a young and energetic midwife from Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia who is currently working as a lecturer in the Bachelor of Midwifery Program, Faculty of Medicine, Andalas University. She names her project PERMENTHACY program, which stands for Perinatal Mental Health Literacy Program for Community Midwives. Her project under the YML Program aims to improve mental health literacy and raise awareness about perinatal mental health among midwives working in the community to increase their knowledge, attitude, and skills to recognize and respond to women with perinatal mental health problems in a timely and appropriate manner.
I’m Fredrica Hanson a Ghanaian Registered Midwife, a qualified Registered Nurse and a Health…
Fredrica Enyonam Hanson
I’m Fredrica Hanson a Ghanaian Registered Midwife, a qualified Registered Nurse and a Health Services Administrator. With 24 years of experience in midwifery, administration and governance. Additionally, I have worked with the UNFPA as the Country Midwifery Advisor leading initiatives resulting in the retooling of skills laboratories in midwifery educational institutions across the country; spearheading e-learning for midwifery education, and facilitating the establishment of Bachelor of Science-Midwifery in Ghana amongst others. I am a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Nursing and Midwifery and a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Nursing and Midwifery. I am a certified JHPIEGO facilitator and a visiting facilitator for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives residency modules on Health Policy.
My role as the Executive Midwife Leader (EML) for 2022-2004 is aimed at identifying and building leadership skills among midwives. Midwifery leadership is largely non – existent Midwives will be able to promote midwifery visibility, take up leadership positions within the health service and advocate for improved working conditions and quality of services for clients and their families.
Nakatudde Hadijah is a Ugandan ,Midwife Educator and Secretary National Midwives Association…
Nakatudde Hadijah is a Ugandan ,Midwife Educator and Secretary National Midwives Association of Uganda (Eastern region ) .Her project is focused on Creating awareness and capacity building in Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) among Midwives and Midwifery Tutors through trainings in Uganda She will also influence the formulation of policies at national level that will ensure that components of Respectful Maternity care are included in the curriculum of Pre service Midwives at both Certificate and Diploma programs in Uganda .
Hanifatur Rosyidah is an Indonesian, a midwife with master's degree in Public Health from…
Hanifatur Rosyidah is an Indonesian, a midwife with master's degree in Public Health from Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam. She works as a Lecturer in Midwifery at Sultan Agung Islamic University and Volunteer Counsellor to support mothers who breastfeed.
Her project is aimed at building knowledge and skills of midwives in breastfeeding support relevant to the immediate postpartum period. She is optimistic, if all midwives provide accurate information regarding infant feeding, this could be a cost-effective way of improving the ability of mothers to begin and continue to breastfeed successfully."
Jeffthanie Mathurin is an Haitian, She’s a registered midwife and the communication…
Jeffthanie Mathurin is an Haitian, She’s a registered midwife and the communication officer of the association of the Haitian midwives. She’s passionate about midwifery and how she participates in the maternal, sexual and reproductive health in her country as a midwife.
She’s actively fighting for the democratization of the information about woman sexual and reproductive rights in her country.
Her goal for now is the creation of a vast women’s reproductive and sexual rights centered platform on various community radio’s, that will help to educate all the women in her country about thoses rights, especially those living in the countryside.
My name Mahfuja Jhumu. I’m a registered midwife of Bangladesh and had been deployed in 2018.…
My name Mahfuja Jhumu. I’m a registered midwife of Bangladesh and had been deployed in 2018. I worked as the Vice president of Bangladesh midwifery society from 2018-2021. Currently I’m a member of TOR( terms of reference) committee of ICM. I’m doing a fellowship program on leadership in RCM, Uk.
As the midwifery profession is very new in Bangladesh, the women here get less access to this care. Moreover they are not being cared in an easy way that decreases their access significantly. My YML project is about to accelerate midwifery care by providing ‘One stop service ‘ in the upazila level so that the mothers can get cared by the midwives in the same place and in a short time.
Philip Chirwa is a Lecturer at Chilubi Island College of Nursing and Midwifery and also…
Philip Chirwa is a Lecturer at Chilubi Island College of Nursing and Midwifery and also a clinical instructor at Chilubi Island District Hospital. His vision is to ensure that mothers receive quality reproductive care in their reproductive age. His project is about integration of family unit into sexual and reproductive health, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care services and once this is implemented, 3 causes of the first delay (lack of recognition of an emergency, lack of access of information and gender inequality) would be adequately dealt with.
Praise Dahunsi is a registered Nurse-Midwife in Nigeria with interests in advocacy and social…
Praise Dahunsi is a registered Nurse-Midwife in Nigeria with interests in advocacy and social development.
She advocates for zero tolerance for maternal and child morbidity and mortality via media and community sensitization. During the Covid 19 global lockdown in 2020, Praise worked on some digital media advocacy projects in Nigeria reaching over 2million people on sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence, women and girls empowerment, health promotion, youth capacity building, and many more.
She is passionate about promoting sexual and reproductive health rights, safe birth practices, family planning and health education.
Prasansa Budha Lama
Prasansa Budha Lama a Midwife Officer at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, and volunteering…
Prasansa Budha Lama
Prasansa Budha Lama a Midwife Officer at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, and volunteering 24 hour Midwifery Hotline service in Nepal.She is also an active member of Young Midwives Committee of Midwifery Society of Nepal and in 2020, she was recognized as 100+ Outstanding Nurse and Midwife Leaders in the World with the category of Midwife from Nepal, organized by Women in Global Health in collaboration with WHO, ICM, UNFPA, ICN. Her project aims to empower young people with the reproductive rights and advocate midwifery profession among the general population.
Rose-Cardelle B Riche
Rose-Cardelle B Riche is a Haitian. She is a registered midwife and treasurer of the Association…
Rose-Cardelle B Riche
Rose-Cardelle B Riche is a Haitian. She is a registered midwife and treasurer of the Association of Haitian Midwife. She is motivated and passionate about maternal health and promotion of women sexual reproductive. She is currently working as midwife coordinator in research in an Adolescent Clinic. The only one clinic Adolescent in the country. Where we provide care for all Adolescents especially those with Tuberculosis and living with HIV
My name is Sabita Khadka, from Nepal. I am very first batch of registered midwife and working…
My name is Sabita Khadka, from Nepal. I am very first batch of registered midwife and working as a Midwifery Officer at remote area of Nepal. I am passionate about to serve people in remote area and treat every women like a queen during child birth and minimize the obstetric violence in Nepal. My project is aimed to create awareness and orient about Respectful Maternity Care to the different health professional in health organization as well as empower to pregnant women to raise voice against obstetric violence.
Zakia’s project focuses on advocating for respectful maternity care for midwives in Somalia.…
Zakia’s project focuses on advocating for respectful maternity care for midwives in Somalia. The project focuses on advocacy to set the standard for respectful maternity care, along with community mobilization and action to promote social accountability. Her goal is to improve maternal health by promoting respectful maternity care for all women during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the time after birth and to facilitate joint strategy development and action among a growing multi-sector community that is deeply concerned about disrespect and abuse of women during maternity care