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.
Please make sure to choose before submitting:
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.
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.
Presentations will focus on one of the following:
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.
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".
All abstracts are subject to review by the ICM Programme Committee. In evaluating the abstract, the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:
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 email@example.com.