Nester T Moyo: 17 years of dedicated commitment to midwifery and midwives globally
Nester T Moyo (c) with ICM President Franka Cadée (l) and ICM Chief Executive Sally Pairman, at her farewell party in The Hague, Netherlands
Nester T Moyo ICM's Senior Midwifery Advisor retires after 17 years of dedicated commitment to midwifery and midwives globally. Over the years her efforts have strengthened ICM as an organisation ans positively impacted on all our Member Associations - growing from 30 to 131 over the 17 years of Nester's tenure.
"I am proud to be a midwife," says Nester T Moyo, adding, "I enjoy working with women and sharing the miracles of birth, but also supporting the families where the whole miracle of birth does not go well." When asked what she likes most about ICM, Nester commented - "I find working with ICM particularly fulfilling because, I contribute to the development of midwifery globally, I will miss ICM but will never stop working for women and their newborns."
Nester's midwifery career spans over 40 years, she started working in her home country Zimbabwe as a midwife, educator and programme officer in HIV and AIDS programme. She joined ICM in 2001 and since then she has worked on several projects and programmes that put the midwives and midwifery at the forefront of saving the lives of mothers and newborns. She gave guidance and support to Member Association formation in several countries, working tirelessly with them to ensure the Associations are formed and recognized by the governing bodies of those countries.
She used her great passion and knowledge on midwifery to make the Twinning, Young Midwifery Leaders (YMLs), Midwifery Services Framework programmes a success. Nester has also provided her expertise in the development of Midwifery Education Accreditation and contributed her knowledge in countless midwifery journals, publications, reports etc.
Membership Coordinator Charlotte Renard presenting Nester with a farewell gift on behalf of ICM staff
From L-R: Janet Lewis, Midwife Advisor; Nester T Moyo, retiring Senior Midwifery Advisor; Florence West new Midwife Advisor - 50,000 Happy Birthdays; Ann Yates, new Lead Midwifery Advisor and Pashtoon Zyaee, Midwife Advisor
"I encourage all midwives to stand up for the benefit of colleague midwives, women, newborns and their families, to have a strong unified voice and ensure that midwifery is streamlined in health policies." Concludes Nester in her farewell note.
On behalf of all midwives globally, ICM would like to thank Nester for her contribution to international midwifery and support to midwives worldwide.
Nester T Moyo receiving appreciation present from the former ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk for her 17 years service with ICM. The ceremony took place during the 31st Triennial Congress in Toronto, Canada June 2017