The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and the National Association Of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) marked the International Day of the Midwife yesterday, examining, innovative skills-building training with partners including United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), GE Healthcare, Access Bank, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and many others at Nigeria’s First Global Midwifery Conference, themed “IDM2016; Midwives Save Lives”.
The conference was aimed at promoting and raising awareness on maternal, newborn and child health; especially including the important roles midwives play in that continuum of care.
It celebrated the hardwork and dedication of the midwives, and encouraged key stakeholders to invest in their training and education, as well as the essential regulation of the profession.
The Founder/President of the WBFA and the inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Her Excellency, Toyin Saraki emphasized the importance of midwifery to Nigeria and Africa:
“I personally commend the dedication of Nigerian midwives, as well as the efforts of midwives from all around the world. I have seen with my own eyes the value that having a midwife can make to a mother to be nurtured towards save birth for our newborns to survive alive, and thrive; thus an investment in midwives and mothers, is the best investment we can make to transform our futures to be a future that is truly assured.”