Partnership & Resource Mobilization
EMwA's parnership and resource mobilization strategic direction focuses on ensuring organizational sustainability by mobilizing unrestricted resources and developing business ventures. Some of these activities include:
Expanding our Chapter Offices:
In the past year EmwA has worked together with the MOH, UNICEF and Jhpiego to establish and extend the number of EMwA regional chapter offices. The establishment of chapter offices facilitates the contribution of professionals in implementing quality midwifery care and education both at facilities and teaching institutions. Chapter office staff based at these regional offices are also able to assist partners, including RHBs, in endeavours of MNCH interventions. Our chapter office staff also play a pivotal role in expanding EMwA membership.
EMwA now has 11 chapter offices:
Harar Regional State
EMwA International Conference Representation:
EMwA is committed to representing its members and promoting midwifery in Ethiopia at local and international maternal health conferences. Recently EMwA has represented Ethiopian Midwives at three international conferences;
1. International Confederation of Midwives Council and Congress Meeting (ICM) – Prague, Czech Republic
The 30th triennial Council and Congress meeting was held in Prague, Czech Republic. EMwA Director Hiwot Wubshet and Board members attended the Council meeting from May 27-30, 2014, along with a total of 174 delegates from 87 different midwifery associations. The four day agenda covered a number of topics including, an overview of the ICM strategic accomplishments of the past three years, a presentation on ICM operations between 2011-2014, as well as the proposed strategic direction for the 2014-2017 period, reviewing the membership structure, selection of ICM board members, and appointing Bali, Indonesia as the host country for the 2017 ICM Council and Congress meeting.
Following the ICM Council meeting was the opening ceremony of the ICM Congress, on Sunday 1st June. More than 2500 midwives from around the world come together for the event, and representatives from each country were invited to bear flags of their representative countries. It was a colourful opening ceremony and represented a symbol of unity and strength amongst all midwives throughout the world. The congress ran from Monday June 2nd to June 5th and consisted of a number of plenary sessions, with more than 1500 oral/paper presentations and 500 poster presentations.
From Ethiopia, more than 15 participants attended the Congress meeting from different organisations including; FMOH, EMwA, UNFPA, Jhpiego, WAHA and IPAS Ethiopia. Sr Aster Berhe, Executive Board member of EMwA and National Midwife Advisor at UNFPA, presented on the infant feeding experience of HIV positive mothers who are utilising PMTCT services. Sr Margit Legesse, Executive Board member of EMwA and Vice Dean of Hamlin College of Midwives presented on the role of midwives in prevention of fistula. EMwA Exectuive Director Sr Hiwot Wubshet presented on the role of preceptors, particularly their role in pre-service delivery, in improving the quality of midwifery education in Ethiopia.
2. CONAMA – Nairobi, Kenya
In July 2013, eight EMwA members attended the triennial ICM Africa Regional Congress and the launch of the Confederation of African Midwives Associations (CONAMA) in Nairobi. The conference centered on sharing experiences and knowledge of the challenges and achievements of African midwives and sharing strategies for working towards the MDGs.
EMwA was honored to have three abstracts accepted for presentation at the conference. On the first day of the conference EMwA's Executive Director spoke on an Assessment of the Current Opportunities, Challenges and Profiles of Midwives and Midwifery Students in Ethiopia, while EMwA Board Member Sr Marit Legesse presented a paper on Networking and Coordination between Midwifery Teaching Institutes. On the second day, EMwA Vice President Solomon W/Amaunel spoke about Improving the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Skills of Ethiopian Midwives.
3. International Family Planning Conference (IFPC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
“Full Access, Full Choice” was the theme of the 3rd International Family Planning Conference, held in Addis Ababa from 12-15 November 2013. More than 3,300 delegates from 120 countries attended the conference, which ended with a Call to Action seeking to keep focus on family planning and sexual and reproductive health as part of the post-2015 development framework.
The objectives of EMwA attending IFPC was:
- To promote EMwA activities and achievements
- To collect contact details of people interested in knowing more about EMwA
- To gain an insight into current trends in family planning research and implementation.
MDSR (Maternal Death Surveillance and Response) Training
In collaboration WHO Ethiopia, The Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Regional Health Bureaus, EMwA facilitated the MDSR TOT (Training of the Trainer) course for 123 health professionals. These professionals included general practioners (GPs), nurses, midwives and health officers from the Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNP regions of Ethiopia. These trainers then rolled out roll out MDSR training for a further 1037 health professionals in their respective regions.
The objective of the MDSR training is about creating awareness of maternal mortality at the community, health care system, and inter-sectoral (policy-making) levels. Increased awareness can lead to changes in practice among the public and health practitioners, as well as lead to a reallocation of resources directed to activities aimed at decreasing maternal mortality.