June 4, 2014

Let’s Celebrate Midwives!

Written by Diane Fender, Girls' Globe blogger

This post originally appeared on the Girls’ Globe website here. Reposted with permission.

The International Confederation of Midwives held an awards ceremony today to honor and celebrate midwives from around the world. Save the ChildrenICM,USAID and IPAS were some of the organizations who presented awards. Midwives have a unique opportunity to transform the data released in the recentState of the World’s Midwifery report  into effective action for their countries. We had the opportunity to speak to some of these amazing awardees and they are outstanding examples.

Ponita Rani Raha, Bangladesh, Save the Children/ICM 2014 International Midwife of the Year Award

Pronita is a member of a small group of practicing midwives in Bangladesh. She is committed to saving the lives of mothers and newborns, and has helped formulate the midwifery curriculum in her country. She is a role model for other midwives around the world.

Agnes Kasaigi, Uganda, Save the Children/ICM 2014 International Midwife of the Year Award

Agnes Kasaigi, a career midwife in charge of the maternity unit at Uganda’s Buwenge Hospital. She is an expert in helping revive babies who have trouble breathing at birth and a trained facilitator of the Helping Babies Breathe program.

Serra Chanachi, Malawi, USAID Fellowship Awardee

Serra Chanachi is a Malawian registered nurse-midwife with experience in reproductive health, maternal and child care, and primary care.

Yvonne Delphine, Rwanda and USAID Fellowship Awardee

Yvonne is a midwife in Rwanda and received the ICM/USAID Family Planning Fellowship. This offers her an opportunity to bring increased attention to the importance of family planning and the critical role that midwives play in her country.

Anita SaySay Varney, Midwife from Liberia and USAID Awardee

Anita is a midwife in Liberia and received the ICM/USAID Family Planning Fellowship. This offers her an opportunity to bring increased attention to the importance of family planning and the critical role that midwives play in her country.

Ashiat Ajibola Ganiyu, Midwife from Nigeria and USAID Awardee

Ashiat is a midwife in Nigeria and received the ICM/USAID Family Planning Fellowship. This offers her an opportunity to bring increased attention to the importance of family planning and the critical role that midwives play in her country.