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Global Projects

Global Projects

The Royal College of Midwives has a long history of supporting midwives and midwifery associations globally with the aim of improving outcomes for mothers and babies.

A founding member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the RCM are committed to supporting our sister midwives around the world and continuing to advocate for midwives and women on the global stage.

Current projects

MOMENTUM: Developing a Model of MENTorship for Ugandan Midwives

MOMENTUM aims to address the poor quality of mentorship for student midwives in Uganda. The project runs for 20 months from the 1st of September 2015 and will develop:

  • 4 clinical pilot sites as centres of student mentorship excellence,
  • A national standard for midwifery mentorship, and
  • A module to prepare midwives to become mentors.

For more information on MOMENTUM, click here

Nepal Campaign

The earthquake in Nepal on 25th April 2015 killed over 9000 people and injured more than 23,000.  The RCM launched a fundraising campaign which raised more than £20,000. The RCM continues to support our partner MIDSON with these funds to ensure women have access to midwives now and in the future. The SUSTAIN project is currently running in Nepal to transition MIDSON’s activities from earthquake response to long-term activities.

To read more about the Nepal campaign, please click here

Malawi Start Up Funding

The RCM received funding from THET to undertake a 6 month start-up project, including a scoping visit, to explore the potential for undertaking joint projects in Malawi. To read more about the project, please click here

Women 4 Health (W4H) Northern Nigeria Twinning Project

The RCM is partnering with Save the Children and Health Partners International in northern Nigeria to address the acute shortage of female health workers in five states. Women 4 Health will address the critical human resource challenges by empowering women as service providers. Women 4 Health collaborates with the Ministry of Health and health training institutions to improve women’s access to healthcare. The Royal College of Midwives is linking 14 midwifery educators across the UK with midwifery teachers in northern Nigeria to provide mentorship, mutual support, and information sharing through virtual twinning. Find out more here or read this factsheet about the W4H project.

Midwifery & Health Partnership volunteering

UK midwives who volunteered with the Global Midwifery Twinning Project reflect on their time overseas, the challenges local midwives face, and how their experience has informed their practice in the UK.

What would the world be like without midwives?

In this video UK Midwives who volunteered with the Global Midwifery Twinning Project answer the question, what would the world be like without Midwives? 

Past projects

The Global Midwifery Twinning Project

The Global Midwifery Twinning Project (GMTP) was a three-year multi-country partnership in the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) funded by the UK government and managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), running from 2012 to 2015.

The RCM formed twinning partnerships with midwifery associations in Uganda, Cambodia, and Nepal, all low-income countries with a high maternal mortality burden. GMTP sent midwife volunteer RCM members to each twinned country, ran workshops every six months and provided institutional support from RCM staff to address the ICM’s three pillars of midwifery: education, regulation and association. Find out more here

Voluntary Service Overseas

The RCM worked with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) on their ‘Bringing together midwives and nurses to improve maternal health in Malawi through volunteerism and partnership’ project, alongside the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Malawian Initiative for National Development (MIND). The project aimed enable the sharing, developing and improving of skills between UK and Malawian health professionals, in order to improve the quality of maternal health services for poor and rural women in Malawi. Find out more about the volunteer’s experiences here or watch this video to see how the project helped save mothers and babies in Malawi.

Read more about our projects here

The Mangala Devi Birth Centre, Tribhuvan Teaching Hospital, Nepal

Global Midwifery Twinning Project