Your October ICM Update is Here!

Your October ICM Update is Here!

資料發佈日期: 2021/10/07



Thank you for joining us!

Hosted by ICM President Franka Cadée and the PUSH campaignLocal, sustainable healthcare models: Midwives for the Future welcomed over 300 attendees and brought together midwives and health experts from around the world to examine and exemplify why midwives, as primary health practitioners, are a sustainable solution to strengthening health systems.

Moderator Kate Gilmore (Chair of the Board of Trustees at International Planned Parenthood Federation) led an engaging, passionate discussion about midwifery and sustainable, community-based healthcare models with panelists including Angela Nguku (Founder of White Ribbon Alliance Kenya), Daniela Drandi? (Human Rights in Childbirth), Neha Mankani (Founder of Mama and Baby Fund Pakistan) and Mary-Ann Etiebet (Lead at Merck for Mothers).

Thank you to those who joined us!


Call for Disaster Relief Support in Haiti

ICM calls on its global community to support midwives in Haiti as they rebuild from the recent, devastating earthquake. L’Association Des Infirmières Sages-Femmes d'Haïti (AISFH) is urgently requesting financial aid to support with the provision of disaster-related expenses.

Your donation can help provide:

  • Hygiene kits
  • First aid kits
  • Food kits
  • Tents, blankets and clothes
  • Logistic and transportation costs
Kindly make your donation in USD to AISFH, using the following bank details:
  • Name: Association des infirmières sages femmes d'Haïti
  • Account number: 716017934
  • Bank name: SOGEBANK
  • Bank address: Delmas 30, HAÏTI
  • Swift code: SOGHHTPP
When making your donation, please specify that the funds should be directed to the
‘Earthquake relief efforts of the AISFH.'

Contact AISFH President Marie Francine P. Manassé for more details at:

Please note the following:
  • ICM is not responsible for transfer of funds or processing donations.
  • ICM is not responsible for utilising the funds for the purpose mentioned in this fundraising appeal.
  • ICM is not responsible in any way whatsoever towards the end utilisation of funds.
  • ICM will not receive any financial benefit for participation in and promotion of this fundraising campaign.
  • ICM will not be responsible in any way whatsoever on the amount of contributions received.

Neha Mankani Receives Heroines of Health Award 2021

ICM is thrilled to share that Neha Mankani—a graduate of the ICM Young Midwife Leaders Programme—has been selected as one of seven inspiring recipients of the Women in Global Health's Heroines of Health Awards 2021.

Neha is President of the Karachi branch of the Pakistan Midwives Association. She and her fellow midwives face many challenges with high maternal death rates and low-quality training. Neha’s response was to set up a mentoring initiative to ‘buddy’ new midwives with their seniors, building the skills of midwife graduates to cope with obstetric emergencies, while also learning financial literacy and holistic, woman-centred care. ‘Mama Baby Fund’ helped 150 families at the hospital with emergency needs within its first six months.

"A big part of our role as midwives is to provide compassionate care during this difficult stage of their lives, when they face not only physical but emotional challenges," said Neha.

The Heroines of Health Awards began in 2017—recognised by global leaders, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark and Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—to shine a much-needed spotlight on the glaringly problematic fact that women deliver health, but do not lead it.


PMNCH Statement on Afghanistan

The ICM supports and amplifies the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health's (PMNCH) statement on the current situation in Afghanistan, echoing their call for the global community to commit to urgent and unwavering protection of women, children and adolescents.

During times of political upheaval and conflict situations, women and girls are at a much higher risk of violence, sexual violence, displacement, poverty, and even death. Midwives, as defenders of women's sexual and reproductive health and rights are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses.

ICM has new and updated Position Statements!

ICM Position Statements describe the beliefs and principles of the Confederation, along with guidance for its members. This includes issues that relate to the midwifery profession, maternal and newborn health, or broader social and economic issues. Some statements also set out guidance for ICM work. This month, we are pleased to announce the new or revised publication of the following statements, in English, French and Spanish:

Additionally, ICM has recently updated the Global Standards for Midwifery Education. These standards are for use by midwives and others working to strengthen midwifery in the maternal and newborn health sector.
Upcoming Regional Meetings and Advocacy Workshops

The presidents and leaders of our Midwives’ Associations will have received (or will receive shortly) an invitation to attend one of six regional meetings and advocacy workshops taking place throughout the remainder of 2021. The regional meeting will? discuss how the ICM Head Office Regional?Team?and the Board Member will work together with the region, and the advocacy and data workshop will provide midwives with data and advocacy training to enhance and inform their advocacy efforts. Both of these conversations will take place as part of one event, for each of ICM’s six regions.  

Each ICM MA, along with a specified number of its members, is invited to attend one of the below event dates: 
  1. Thursday 7th October: South-East Asian Region - 08:30 – 12:00 CET (13:30 – 17:00 Jakarta)
  2. Tuesday 19th October: Eastern Mediterranean Region - 09:30 – 13:00 CET (12:30 – 16:00 Karachi)
  3. Thursday 4th November: Western Pacific Region - 05:30 – 09:00 CET (17:30 – 21:00 Auckland)
  4. Wednesday 17th November: African Region - 14:30 – 18:00 CET (15:30 – 19:00 Nairobi)
  5. Wednesday 24th November: European Region - 09:30 – 13:00 CET (08:30 – 12:00 London)
  6. Wednesday 8th December: Region of the Americas - 17:00 – 20:30 CET (08:00 – 11:30 Vancouver)
For more information about these events, please reference the formal invitation your association will have received through its ICM contact person. If you have yet to receive an invitation, please stay tuned as one will be shared via email with your association shortly.
ICM Contributes to World Health Organization “Antenatal care guidelines: Update on nutrition recommendations for Zinc supplementation”
ICM was recently represented in the Guideline Development Group for the new World Health Organization “Antenatal care guidelines: Update on nutrition recommendations for Zinc supplementation.” The findings have now been published and are available.
ICM signs international #HealthyClimate Prescription Letter

Building on the success of the healthy recovery letter, the health community has come together to draft a #HealthyClimate Prescription to be delivered to negotiators in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), supported once again by the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the World Health Organization. ICM has signed this international call from health professionals for a #HealthyRecovery from COVID-19.

COP26 is just weeks away and the health community is coming together to call on national governments and their representatives to take all necessary action to avert the climate crisis and save millions of lives. The letter will be publicly released and sent to national climate negotiators in October; and delivered live at an official COP26 event in Glasgow, Scotland in November.
Every month, our Board prepares a briefer to keep our global midwife community informed about its activities and the strategic direction of ICM. This month's briefer was prepared by ICM Board members Trude Thommesen and Dr. Roa Fouad Altaweli.
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