ICM Africa Regional ConferenceMidwives leading the way for quality and equity in AfricaWindhoek - Namibia / September 12 - 14, 2019
ICM Africa Regional Conference
H. E. Mrs. Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil
Commissioner for Social Affairs
Africa Union Commission
Her Excellency Amira Elfadil was elected as the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in 2017. Before being elected as Commissioner she served the Government of the Republic of the Sudan as Minister of Welfare and Social Security between 2010 and 2013 and as Minister for Social Affairs for the Khartoum State Government between 2009 and 2010. She served as Member of Parliament and was on the Foreign Relations Committee from 2015 until she assumed her current role. With her passion in addressing children, girls and women’s empowerment issues, she has held various senior roles in the Sudanese Women General Union, was Director General of the Society Studies Centre in Khartoum and Secretary General in the Sudan National Council for Child Welfare in addition to chairing various committees and boards on social development.
She brings to the Commission a wealth of experience as a veteran politician, a renowned activist for women’s rights and empowerment, an ardent advocate for the rights and welfare of the child, and a well-known campaigner for health, youth empowerment, education and poverty eradication. With a results oriented leadership approach she has contributed to the strengthening of various social institutions in the Sudan. Her vision is to provide sound leadership, to strengthen the prioritisation of national social policies, to promote human empowerment and development towards a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. Her focus is to contribute to the achievement of the social development aspects of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Her Excellency Amira Elfadil holds a Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies from the London Diplomatic Academy at the University of the Westminster and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Khartoum. Born in 1967 she is a citizen of the Republic of the Sudan and is married with four children. Arabic is a mother tongue while English is used as a second language.
Héloïse Adjowa Adandogou-D'Almeida
President of FASFAF and ASSAFETO
After working as a state midwife in both health centres in rural zones and references hospitals, Mrs. ADANDOGOU Adjowa Héloïse, wife of ALMEIDA, is now retired. During her thirty-four years of practicing, she never stopped following the evolution of her profession, and continued to acquire new competences all along her career.
She graduated in 1999 with Higher Technician of Health in Teaching and Administration Diploma, in the National School of Social and Health Development, in Dakar, Senegal and was in charge of theoretical and practical courses of "Presentations in Obstetrics and Midwifery" at the National School of Midwives of Togo.
From 2003 to her retirement in 2018, she was in charge of teaching as well as practical supervision of midwives’ students.
As the head of the ASSAFETO since May 2012 Madame d'ALMEIDA worked hard towards making the practice of midwifery more visible and more efficient in her country. She put her expertise at the service of projects and programs related to the health of reproduction, and maternal and child health, through consultancy.
She is a co-author of the collective work "Midwives in the Francophonie Silent Witnesses of Life ... and Death" (Under the direction of Marie Hatem), she is the President of the Network of CSO, involved in SR-FP in Togo, and President of the Federation of Midwives Associations of Francophone Africa since July 2018.
Through the years I have developed myself as a competent enthusiastic midwife/advisor on international maternal health, women’s issues and twinning in healthcare. With my anthropological and midwifery background plus personal experience of growing up and/or working in Pakistan and Sudan, UK, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Morocco and the Netherlands, I am well aware of the scope, cultural context and realities of the field. Projects that I have initiated, developed, managed and evaluated have involved a broad spectrum of skills from initiating innovative methods of cooperation, fundraising and financial management and evaluation research to managing large groups of (women) volunteers. My strongest quality is to be well informed, think strategically and involve, motivate and enthuse others with a mixture of lateral thinking, hard work and realism.