Back 12 July 2018

ICM Awards Winners 2018!

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) seeks to strengthen midwifery globally by recognising and celebrating the achievements of exceptional midwives who advance the profession through education, research and catalysing change towards improved maternal and newborn health.

We are delighted to announce the 2018 awardees for the ICM Education Award, Marie Goubran Agent of Change Award and ICM Research Award.

The winners are….


When educated to international standards, midwives are able to provide up to 87% of the essential care needed for mothers and their newborns (State of the Worlds’ Midwifery Report 2014). In its work to help produce a highly qualified workforce, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) continuously supports midwifery education, both basic (pre- service) and/or post graduate (in-service) midwifery education to ensure that mothers and newborns have access to quality midwifery care.

In collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, whose credo values are to help create a world where people, no matter their circumstances, have access to quality health care, the ICM Education Award was established.

As an encouragement and example for midwifery educators, the ICM Education Award seeks to recognize midwives who created innovative educational programs and original, easily reproducible ways of basic (pre-service) and/or post graduate (in-service) midwifery education. 

The two winners for this year 2018 are:

  • Guadalupe Hernandez, Midwifery Advisor for UNFPA-LACRO and President of the Professional Midwives Association of Mexico. 
    Project title: Iniciativa para fortalecer la educación basada en competencias y el reforzamiento desde el paradigma de partería para parteras posgraduadas en México 

  • Hilma Shikwambi, Founder and President of the Independent National Midwives Association of Namibia and Head of the Nursing and Midwifery Department at the International University of Management in Namibia.
    Project title: In-service training program through supportive supervision and peer mentoring and the provision of access to continuous professional development for midwives in rural and remote areas of Namibia. 

Winners will receive:

  • Financial support up to $ 7,500 to encourage and promote the development of their project.
  • Full sponsorship for the ICM Regional Conferences 2018
  • The opportunity to share the project during the ICM Regional Conferences 2018 via a poster presentation


In keeping with the leadership skills and passionate commitment for childbearing women and families that Marie Goubran, ICM Secretary General 1987-1990, shared with the world, this memorial award was established to recognize midwives in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities, who demonstrate similar leadership and commitment.  

ICM partnered with Johnson & Johnson to ensure the continuation of the Marie Goubran Agent of Change Award, as well as increase the frequency from triennial to annual awards, to encourage midwives, who act as catalysts for change in healthy baby development in the antenatal and postnatal period and the first few weeks of life.  

The focus on healthy baby development was chosen because high mortality rates for children under the age of 5 are still a major problem in many countries. A child's risk of dying is highest in the neonatal period, the first 28 days of life. 45% of child deaths under the age of 5 take place during the neonatal period. Therefore, safe childbirth and effective neonatal care are essential to prevent these deaths, especially in low or low to middle resources countries.  

The winner for this year 2018 is:

  • Kusmayra Ambarwati, Lecturer at the Respati Indonesia University 
    Project title: Mom thorough Their Colleague, Mom to The Baby: MOMMY MOMBI

 Winners will receive:  

  • Financial support up to US$ 4,000 to encourage and promote the development of their project.  
  • Full sponsorship for one of the ICM Regional Conferences 2018  
  • The opportunity to share the project during the ICM Regional Conference via a poster presentation



The ICM Code of Ethics states that: “Midwives use up-to-date, evidence based, professional knowledge to ensure safe midwifery practices in all environments and cultures”. Research is the foundation of the ICM 3 pillars (Education, Regulation and Association), and ongoing education and research are the lifeblood of any vibrant profession.  Supporting research done by midwives has been an integral part of the Confederation’s work for more than a decade.  

In collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, whose credo values are to help create a world where people, no matter their circunstances, have access to quality health care, the ICM Research Award was established. The ICM Research Award ($7,000) seeks to promote midwifery research that enhances and documents evidence-based midwifery practice and to further develop midwifery research capacity. It supports midwives to engage in research and recognize midwives who have taken an active role in conducting research or dissemination thereof through conferences and other channels. 

The winners for this year 2018 are:

  • Elgonda Bekker: Primary lecturer in the post basic and post graduate programme for Advanced Midwifery at the University of Free State and President of the National Midwifery association in South Africa
    Project title: Competencies of South African midwifery educators: A transformative framework

    Elgonda Bekker

  • Cristina Franco: Practicing midwife at the Hospital Comarcal Don Benito Villanueva in Spain and professor Associate in the Nursing department of the University Extremadura
    Project title: Eficacia de una Intervención Motivacional Breve en el postparto Inmediato para la promoción
    de la Lactancia Materna: Proyecto MOTIVA Lactancia
    Cristina Franco

  • Seymoun Tewodros: Assistant professor in the department of midwifery at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia
    Project title: Health providers’ adherence to first ANC visit guidelines among Mothers in Gondar town public health facilities, Northwest Ethiopia: Outcomes of Maternal health   


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