Advocacy and Representation
One of the four pillars of EMwAs strategic direction is to advocate for and contribute to the quality of midwifery education and care. Some of EMwA’s advocacy and representation activities include:
International Day of the Midwife (IDM) celebrations
On May 3, 2014, EMwA, in collaboration with UNFPA & UOG, celebrated the 22nd International Day of Midwives. The on the theme of the celebrations was “Midwives change the world one family at a time”. More than 1000 people attended the celebrations, including EMwA members & staff, midwifery students, and partners.
The celebrations took place in Gondor and included various activities like health institution visits, cleaning campaigns, a panel discussion at which more than 150 midwifery students participated in, and The Standard of Midwifery Practice was officially launched and distributed to the audience.
Overall, the celebrations raised awareness of the contribution of midwives to improving child and maternal health in Ethiopia, inspire practicing midwives and midwifery students about the importance of their profession, and celebrate the important work of midwives around the world.
EMwA Celebrates 23rd Annual General Assembly
EMwA celebrated its 23rd Annual General Assembly on 5th and 6th of December 2014 with the theme “Improving Labour and Delivery Services through Strengthening and Providing Quality Midwifery Care”. The event, held at the Harmony Hotel in Addis Ababa, attracted more than 300 midwives from around Ethiopia.
The General Assembly was officially opened by the President of EMwA, Sr Aster Teshome, who welcomed participants and outlined EMA’s achievements for 2014. The opening speech was followed by a short play written by Midwife and EMwA member, Ato Fentahun Fekadie which was well received by the attendees. The play was performed by The Addis Ababa University Theatrical Group and focused on the critical role midwives play in delivery.
His Excellency Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister of Health, was represented by his delegate Dr. Zufan, Advisor of State Minister, who delivered the first keynote address around the important role partnerships have in helping achieve MDGs 4 and 5.
Other keynote addresses were presented by Dr Pierre M’Pele, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Dorothy Lazaro, UNFPA Midwifery Specialist, Hannah Gibson, Jhpiego Country Director and Anneka Knutsson, Head of Development Cooperation at Swedish Embassy. The opening speeches were followed by a ceremony presenting the Best Midwife Awards to winners representing 5 different regions and city administrations. EMwA also recognized some of its key partner organizations by presenting them with certificates of appreciation.
In addition to this, recognition was extended in person to those who have made a life-long contribution and have served as important role models for their profession. Awards of recognition were then presented to senior midwifery professionals, namely Sr. Aassegedech , Sr. Yezabensh, Sr. Msert, Sr.Liyila, Sr. Almitu , Sr. Emnet, Sr. Ethnesh, Sr. Almensh, Sr. Kirose and Sr. Yeshewaget.
A number of informative sessions followed these proceedings including the Executive Board member elections, technical update training on Maternal Death Surveillance Response (MDSR) from Dr Ekram Mohammed, and an informative session on club foot from Dr Peter J Klungsøyr. A number of research abstracts were also presented at the GA, including partograph utilization and associated factors among obstetric care providers in North Shoa zone, Northern Ethiopia, major obstetric danger signs during pregnancy in Debre Birhan City Administration, and third delay and associated factors among mothers who attended delivery services and governmental hospitals in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia.