PMNCH and partners release: State of the World’s Midwifery Report expected in June

Accompanying notes

CONTEXT: The report builds on prior initiatives that have been undertaken in support of strengthening midwifery worldwide. These include the joint statement by WHO, ICM and FIGO on Making pregnancy safer (2004); the New York and Hammamet Midwifery Workshops (2006); the joint ICM‐UNFPA Midwifery Programme launched in 2008; regional workshops on midwifery in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and Arab States (2009), and; the Global Call to Action (2010).

PUBLICATION: The report is scheduled to be released at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa, 20 June 2011. It will be made available in English, French and Spanish.

COUNTRIES: The countries which are the intended focus of the 2011 report include those identified in the UNSG’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and others with high maternal and newborn mortality:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea‐Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

NEW DATA: Is being gathered through a country survey available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Returns are being coordinated via UN and partner representatives (UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF etc) in each country. The survey is split into 6 modules to facilitate the engagement of key ministerial, education, regulatory, professional and development stakeholders as relevant to each section:

  • Statistics and organization of the health system (i.e. from Directorate of Human Resources or Maternal Health at the Ministry of Health);
  • Education (i.e. from Ministry of Education and Heads of professional schools);
  • Regulation (i.e. from President of Council or Board);
  • Professional Association (i.e. from President, Executive Director);
  • Policies (i.e. from Ministry of Health or equivalent);
  • External Support (i.e. from Department of External Relations at MoH or at Ministry of Foreign Affairs or equivalent).

The survey presents an opportunity for rich and collaborative discussion within countries to ensure that all available data is collated and returned. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to engage through their national coordination mechanisms and to return the completed survey in January 2011.

Individuals who wish to contribute in producing detailed reports of the country context should contact the Coordinator, Dr. Vincent Fauveau.

GREY LITERATURE: Those resident or working in the focus countries are invited to share available grey literature which documents the midwifery context and challenges. Electronic files can be uploaded to:

RESEARCHERS: International journals have expressed interest in receiving manuscripts on the subject of midwifery for potential publication in the editions which coincide with the launch of the report in June 2011. This includes the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and The Lancet. Interested researchers and research organizations are encouraged to prepare and submit manuscripts to the journal of their choice before the end of March 2011.