Strengthening the Regional Approach

Photograph: Multi-stakeholder Midwife Education Providers Meeting The Hague: January 19-20, 2012

Scaling up Midwifery to achieve the Millennium Development Goals: one of the Key Indicators for MDGs 4, 5, & 6 is scaling up midwifery. ICM uses various approaches to contribute to this effort, one of which is Regional Development. Supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) ICM has embarked on the development of the ICM regions.

The purpose of the Programme is to improve the quality and numbers of midwives; enhance efficiency, and raise the profile of midwives and midwifery in the regions. This enables midwives contribution to the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in their countries.

In each country Midwives Associations are key to achieving these objectives. Through strengthening each of the Three Pillars (Education, Regulation and Association development (ERA), ICM works to ensure a strong midwifery workforce, setting in motion a constant cycle for competent midwives, strong associations, effective professional contribution. The project uses interventions which include capacity building, advocacy, and networking. Platforms of Exchange have been initiated to enhance communication within and between regions. A Platform of Exchange is characterised by multi-directional communication  flows within and between individuals, countries and regions, a critical strategy for sustainability.

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