Our association is pleased to welcome you in Namibia, the land of the brave. Namibia is home to beautiful cities with various cultures reborn from its colonialization history. Our stable democratic government makes it possible for our guests to move comfortably through our beautiful land with protected natural resources, an endless horizon and a contrasting geography. The theme for the Africa Regional Conference “midwives leading the way for quality and equity in africa”, speaks to the challenges of delivering midwifery care in our vast and sparsely populated county. This conference will therefore bring forth an opportunity for Namibian and African midwives to benefit from shared experiences, wisdom, aspirations and the knowledge needed to provide high-quality midwifery care for the benefit of women, newborns and their families.
The Africa Regional Conference is going to be an important event for our profession that will allow us to share not only a space for sharing midwifery knowledge, practice, but also for rich exchanges of experiences, learning and challenges. It is an opportunity for establishing relationships among midwives, partners and the various organizations in the region and cultivating friendship that strengthens the different leaderships.
We are aware that important changes are taking place throughout the world and our region is aware of these. This conference will continue providing all the necessary and important tools to pave the way towards a successful professional future.
ICM is committed to strengthening midwifery associations, showing progress made in the last triennium, supporting regulatory frameworks that legislate for the good of the midwifery world which will guarantee quality maternal and newborn care in each of our countries.
On behalf of the Namibian midwives, I welcome all of you to Namibia!
Hilma Shikwambi Independent Midwives Association of Namibia
Welcome Letter from Board members for Africa region
Welcome midwives to the International Confederation of Midwives’ Africa Regional Conference in Windhoek, Namibia.
This year our theme aligns with ICMs 2017-2020 Strategy that focuses on Quality, Equity and Leadership.
The conference theme is “midwives leading the way for quality and equity in africa”. Each day will focus on quality, equity and leadership
Women and their families have a fundamental human right of access to midwives as the health professionals most equipped to support them with respectful, individualised and high-quality care throughout the childbirth continuum. Quality midwifery care comes through education, regulation and strong midwives association.
As the global representative organization for midwives, ICM is committed to leading the way in advocacy efforts to raise demand for midwives and to advocate for equitable access to midwife-led services for women, because we know that midwives are the key to improving health outcomes for women and their newborns during childbirth.
This regional conference enables midwives from Africa to share their experience, wisdom, aspirations and knowledge to Lead the way for quality and equity
Your presence here signifies the importance of unity, leadership, and equitable representation not only for midwives, but for the women and newborns whose lives are forever changed by the care of midwives like you.
We look forward to your participation at this important event and to planning the way forward for all midwives in the region.
Jemima Dennis-Antwi (Anglophone Africa)
Fatoumata Maiga Dicko (Francophone Africa) Regional Board Members