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

Opening address

Her Honorable Julieta Vatjizaiye Kavetuna

Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Namibia

I obtained a number of formal Qualifications and trainings in a variety social fields like health and gender with an addition of an Honours Degree in planning both project and policy. My life is defined by been an activist in student movements, youth and woman organizations and representation of my community in governmental, non – governmental structures both at national and international platforms. I am an advocate of quality mental health care provision, who serve as an Ambassador of Change in Namibia. 

With a vast experience in the employment of the private sector, developmental organizations and government structures, I possess a vast knowledge in project and programme planning, implementation, financing, management, monitoring and evaluation. Despite that strong administration credentials, I have been serving the Namibian people with dedication as a Member of Parliament for the last 10 years. I have been the deputy Minister of Youth since 2010 and was moved to the Ministry of health in the same capacity since 2015.



Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki 

Mrs Toyin Saraki was appointed Inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives in 2014, taking on the responsibility of advocating for the improved recognition of the roles, rights and remuneration of the midwifery profession, globally.

As Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) in special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and as a Board Observer and Member of the WHO Partnership For Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Mrs. Toyin Saraki is a Nigerian advocate for women’s and children’s health and empowerment, with two decades of advocacy covering reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health; ending gender-based discrimination and violence; and improving education, socio-economic empowerment, and community livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. As a firm believer of midwife-centred maternity care, the WBFA’s flagship antenatal and postnatal MamaCare, EmONC Skills Improvement and Alive and Thrive Nutrition programs are delivered through a team of 74 midwives across 655 health care facilities in Nigeria.

Mrs. Saraki a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development, also serves as Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO). Named by Devex as UHC Global Champion, Toyin Ojora Saraki is the Save the Children Newborn Health Champion for Nigeria; and is a Global Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. Her marriage to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, 13th Senate President and Former Chairman of the 8th Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been blessed with four children. 



Keynote speakers

Hilma Inoukapo Shikwambi  

Chairperson Independent Midwives Association of Namibia

Ms Shikwambi is a Midwife educator at the International University of Management, Namibia, where she is the Head of department of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a member of the Nursing Council of Namibia and one of the key players in the development of policies and strategies related to maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health. She is a researcher, led and provided technical support in the monitoring and evaluation of health programs in Namibia. She participated in various international meetings and conferences related to midwifery. Ms Shikwambi is very acquainted with midwifery services. She has expertise in providing Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care training as a course director and is known as a midwife leader with a strong professional network local and international. She advocates for resources for midwifery, the importance of midwifery education and regulation as well as creating an enabling environment. She managed to build strong relationship to support midwifery and midwives with various partners including Government, UN agencies, Development partners, Academia, CSOs and communities. Ms Shikwambi holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Maternal and Child health.


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.


Franka Cadée 

ICM President 

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.



Closing Ceremony

Dr. Julitta Onabanjo

Regional Director for UNFPA East and Southern Africa

Dr. Onabanjo joined UNFPA in 1995 as a National Programme Officer and thereafter as a Programme Specialist in Swaziland and Kenya, before she served at UNFPA Headquarters as Technical Advisor, HIV/AIDS, and later as Special Assistant to the Executive Director. More recently, she has held UNFPA Representative posts in Tanzania and in South Africa. 

Before joining UNFPA, Dr. Onabanjo worked for Planned Parenthood as Programme Director and prior to this, she worked for the Ministry of Health in Nigeria. 

Dr. Onabanjo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of London and a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Zambia, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.