EMwA Celebrates its 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.
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 xxxxx. 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.