ICM Africa Regional Conference Midwives leading the way for quality and equity in Africa Windhoek - Namibia / September 12 - 14, 2019
ICM Africa Regional Conference
Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission has been closed as of April 25, 2019. Received abstracts are subject to review and we expect to inform the abstract authors about the acceptance of their contributions within the week of 3 – 7 June, 2019.


ICM envisions a world where every childbearing woman has access to a midwife’s care for herself and her newborn.

As we enter a new triennium in which our Member Associations have prioritised the key strategic directions of Quality, Equity and Leadership, ICM will harness the energy, enthusiasm and insights of midwives and our stakeholders around the world so that we can lead the call of midwives and women at global, regional and local levels for strengthened midwifery services. 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.

Midwives, too, have the right to be recognised, respected and supported as well-educated, regulated and autonomous health professionals to provide this essential care. It is our aspiration to work more closely with governments to ensure these rights are fulfilled. Investment in midwives is essential to ensure high-quality midwifery care is available to all women and their newborns – not only to reduce unnecessary interventions and preventable maternal and neonatal deaths, but to improve and protect their health outcomes on a global scale and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (ICM Strategic Directions 2017-2020)

The ICM Africa Regional Conference will be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 12-14 September 2019. The conference theme is “Midwives leading the way for quality and equity in Africa” aligning the discussion at this conference with the broader ICM directions for 2017 – 2020.

English and French will be the main languages of this conference. Interpretation services may be available for the keynote/plenary sessions.  The concurrent sessions will be organised by language depending on which abstracts are accepted by the Programme Committee.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts in two categories – ‘sharing midwifery practice experience’ or ‘sharing midwifery research’. Presentations types are oral, poster, workshop or symposium. Presentations must be relevant to the conference theme and meet the criteria outlined below.

Presentation categories

Please make sure to choose before submitting:

Sharing midwifery practice experience

Abstracts for oral presentations, posters, symposia and skills workshops may be submitted that focus on midwifery practice experience. These could include midwifery stories and experiences, theoretical discussion or innovative/sustainable midwifery practices. Submitters should describe the practice and its relevance to midwifery and presentations should include reference to supporting evidence.

Sharing midwifery research

Abstracts for oral presentations, symposia or posters may be submitted that discuss empirical research. These should provide a brief background to the research; its purpose; method (including sampling issues, when data were collected and approach to analysis); results; key messages for midwifery practice. Abstracts on research in progress must at least indicate preliminary results to be considered for acceptance.

Presentation types

  1. Oral presentation during a concurrent session
    If your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation, you will have a maximum of 20 minutes to present including 5 minutes for discussion and questions. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
  1. Poster presentation
    If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to produce a poster, which is a visual display of interactive and communicative medium. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
  1. Workshops
    Workshops are interactive sessions of 45 minutes and for up to 50 participants. Workshops are interactive and highlight for example, a clinical skill, new technology, active learning technique, or self-help approach. Sessions should enable active engagement of participants in ‘hands on’ and group learning activities. Abstracts are limited to 300 words and must be submitted by the workshop leader. The abstract should include any specific requirements for interaction that will have an effect on the room layout and the numbers of participants who can be accommodated. IE, equipment, and room/desk set up and an indication of the maximum numbers of participants (to a maximum of 50)
  1. Symposia/Panel discussion
    If you wish to propose a symposia/panel discussion, please DO NOT submit via the online portal but contact and send your proposal directly to Ann Yates from ICM at a.yates@internationalmidwives.org

Focus & Keywords identification

Presentations will focus on one of the following:

  • Quality
  • Equity
  • Leadership

The focus will be used to allocate abstracts to reviewers with appropriate expertise. To further assist with this allocation authors will be asked to indicate one to three keywords which best describe their abstract submission.

List of Keywords:

Advocacy, Antenatal care, Association Strengthening, Breastfeeding, Competencies, Complications of pregnancy and/or birth, Culture, Emergency Obstetric Newborn Care (EmONC), Empowerment, Enabling environment, Family planning, Gender-based violence, Human Rights, Immunization, Leadership, Mental Health, Mentoring, Midwife-led services, Midwifery autonomy, Midwifery education, Midwifery workforce, Newborn, Normal Birth, Nutrition, Policy, Politics, Post-natal care, Pregnancy care, Professional identity, Professional Unity, Regulation, Respectful maternity care, Rural, Scope of practice, Women-centered care

To submit your abstract, go to our Abstract submission portal, sign in or log in using your account and proceed to the abstract submission link. We recommend you revise your personal and contact data before submitting your abstract (you may do so within the submission itself, step "Submitter Contact Details".

Conditions of Submission

  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents at the conference
  • Presenters must register to attend for at least a day of the conference. They are responsible for their own travel, accommodations and registration expenses.
  • Abstracts can be submitted in English or French. It is naturally understood that abstracts submitted by the online submission system in French will be presented in the French language, and abstracts submitted by the English online submission system will be presented in English.
  • Only one abstract per research study can be submitted. 
  • Number of submitted abstracts per presenter is not limited.


All abstracts are subject to review by the ICM Programme Committee. In evaluating the abstract, the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:

  • Abstracts are in plain language, free of specialist jargon, unless it is clearly appropriate.
  • Originality
  • Relevance to a regional ICM Conference audience
  • Topics related to the conference theme, “Midwives leading the way for quality and equity in Africa”.  Presentations can focus on one aspect of the theme, eg. Quality, Equity, Leadership.

If your presentation is about research

  • There is a clear purpose to the research
  • Methods are clearly described and appropriate
  • Ethical implications addressed
  • Results are clearly described and conclusions are valid
  • Implications for midwifery practice, women and families, education, research or policy are identified as relevant

If your presentation is about sharing knowledge, practice and skills

  • There is a clear purpose to the presentation
  • There is demonstration of reflective thinking, including relevant evidence
  • Implications for midwifery practice, women and families, education, research or policy are identified as relevant

If your presentation is a symposium

  • There is a clear purpose
  • There is a common focus and cohesion between elements
  • Individual sections are outlined
  • There is added value from linking individual sections together.
  • The symposium topic is current, relevant and interesting
  • Implications for midwifery practice, women and families, education, research or policy are identified as relevant
  • Please send your proposal to Ann Yates from ICM at a.yates@internationalmidwives.org. DO NOT submit symposium proposal via the online portal.

If your presentation is a workshop

  • The learning outcomes are clearly described
  • The process/activities are clearly described and appropriate
  • Implications for midwifery practice, women and families, education, research or policy are identified as relevant
  • References are relevant
  • Requirements for interaction (room layout, the maximum number of participants, equipment) – to be sent by email to the conference secretariat.
  • Name of any sponsor

Each abstract submitter must confirm that

  • The abstract is their own work
  • Ethical approval was obtained for any research presentations (explanation required if no ethical approval was obtained
  • Identify if the presentation topic has been published or presented elsewhere
  • Disclose any external funding sources.


To submit your abstract, please continue to the Abstract Submission Guidelines.


If you have any difficulties submitting your abstracts, then please contact the Conference Organizer on +420 261 174 312 or email your submission to abstracts@midwivesnamibia2019.org.