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Midwifery educators across Asia-Pacific unite to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

Midwifery educators across Asia-Pacific unite to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

The WCEA was invited to attend a three-day regional midwifery education workshop in Bangkok hosted by United Nations Population Fund and conducted by the Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education (AIME), a global alliance established by UNFPA, in partnership with ICM, WHO, UNICEF, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Jhpiego, Laerdal Global Health, Burnet Institute, Maternity Foundation, and World Continuing Education Alliance and supported by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation.

Speaking at the conference, Ms. Been Kamkong brought together international partners to share their expertise and work together to implement a global 7-step action plan to improve midwifery education. The conference provided new educational opportunities for improved teaching in sexual reproductive, maternal, new-born and child-adolescent health services.

The Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education (AIME) partners and midwifery educators from 19 countries and UNFPA staff gathered at the Asia-Pacific Regional Midwifery Education workshop.

Educators also received guidance on how to use technology to assist in the development of midwives, the value of continued professional development, and midwife faculty development. The provided information was an important step in improving the standard of midwifery education, and in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the region.  In addition to the workshop being a learning experience, participants were also able to share their personal experiences, ideas, and information about their practice in their relative countries amongst each other.

To close the event Dr. Eva-Charlotte Roos, Senior Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), stated “We are faced with an unacceptable fact that every two minutes, a woman or a girl dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth, 99 per cent of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.” As a reminder of the unified goal to improve access to quality maternal healthcare.

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Photos courtesy of the UNFPA

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