Back 13 November 2017

Latin American ICM Member Association's President's meeting

In November 13-14, Sandra Oyarzo-Torres and Emmanuelle Hébert, Board Members for the Americas (North America and Caribbean, and Latin America) Region attended the Latin American ICM Member Association’s President’s meeting in Santiago, Chile. Also in attendance were 20 professional midwives, MA Presidents and key stakeholders from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. This was the second meeting between presidents of ICM Member Associations in Latin America and those who wish to become ICM members. 

The meeting continued previous efforts to expand the knowledge about and use of ICM position statements, documents and recommendations, and how they relate to the UNFPA-LACRO/ICM 2018-2020 work plan to strengthen professional midwifery in the region.

Americas Board Members Sandra and Emmanuelle

Seated L-R: ICM Americas Region Board Members - Emmanuelle Hébert and Sandra Oyarzo Toress in a group photo with Member Association Presidents, UNFPA LACRO Regional Adviser Dr. Vicky Camacho and Technical Advisers Joyce Thompson and Ivelise Segovia. 

Discussions focused on establishing strategies and interventions to strengthen in the Latin America Region (LAC) the three pillars of professional midwifery Education, Regulation and Association. The meeting also strengthened collaboration between ICM Member Associations, Regional Networks (FLO and CRMA) and UNFPA LACRO.

Participants agreed to strengthen their professional associations through sharing lessons learned and experiences from the 3 pillars – Education, Regulation and Association. Each association will draw on this information as they begin development of Work Plans for the triennium, and later incorporation of the ICM Strategy 2017-2020 when it is published. 

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