Lancet to compile new series on midwifery for 2013
A new global collaboration has been launched, supported by The Lancet and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase evidence base on midwifery services to assist national level decision making. This project brings together an international team of 35 researchers working in partnership with to culminate in a special Lancet series on midwifery in the summer of 2013.
The new research complements the United Nations Secretary-General-s Every Woman Every Child Campaign and will contribute to global actions in achieving Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6. Specifically, the research will focus on the impact of midwifery and health systems interventions on improving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes while placing particular emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.
The aim of this project is to inform and provide guidance to decision-makers at the national level on key areas which will increase access to midwifery services.
The project is being steered by an executive group that includes the University of York, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the White Ribbon Alliance, ICS Integare, the University of Southampton, Yale University and the University of Technology, Sydney.