Message from the president of Ethiopian Midwives Association

Partners, invited guests and collogues midwives, congratulation for celebrating the 2017 Midwives General Assembly event for 26 th time under the theme  “Communities Demanding Quality Midwifery Care” which is  next to the  25th silver jubilee of the foundation of Ethiopian midwives association.

Community care, at its essence, relies on delivering care at a local level using advanced technologies/innovations and new forms of health service configuration to facilitate a better, more balanced provision of care within the broader care landscape. It will involve different work patterns, processes and applications required to deliver today’s current care. It will also require deep cultural shifts including political will, training and education to bring public opinion and trust along with the changes.


The Ethiopian Midwives Association has fast-tracked in delivering service at all levels of health care system with more than 12, 000 graduate midwives assigned in 9 regions and two city administration with support of 11 regional and city administration chapter offices to address the concern of providing standard quality care to mothers and families in need.  This outlines our vision of a range of high quality services is being delivered across the continuum of need. It considers the contribution of some of the most critical services to communities in need looking at the role of universal services as well as more targeted intervention. Studies into women’s experiences of maternity care suggest that “the strongest indicators of a positive experience relate:- to communication, support, involving women in their care and being treated with respect, dignity and kindness. Providing high quality, safe and accessible services that are both women-focused and family-centered with choice, and continuity of care that sets out the Government’s commitment for modern maternity services and provides a national framework for its local delivery.”

 “A mother who has received high quality maternity care throughout her pregnancy is well placed to provide the best possible start for her baby” and this suggests ‘a practicing midwife is responsible for providing midwifery care in accordance with such standards’.

It is therefore vital that a component part of the selection and education of student midwives focuses on interpersonal skills as equally important as academic qualifications and that midwifery education seeks to enhance the emotional intelligence of midwives.

EMwA has also gone a tremendous journey on already started  process in the Mayer’s office for land plot, and thanks to his Excellency Professor Yifru Berhane Minster of FMoH for the fast response and help providing support letter for the plot to the Municipality submitted with  EMwA building proposal and thanks for Cheeta consulting Architects PLC, Engineer Yonas Sebseb  who has voluntary helped  the Association in designing the building structural components requested as criteria of providing the land plot by the  Mayer’s office. I more extend my thanks to those who were volunteer to help the Association and I would like ask our stakeholders, Partners and policy and decision makers to stand with EMwA for the success  of  the MCH clinic:

This clinic provides free service for women and children in Communities demanding Quality Midwifery Care and bring significant change to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) focused on reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity.

Thank you

 Sr.  Yezabnesh Kibie   ( EMwA President )