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Global Midwifery Twinning Project

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 HPS was conceived to ‘improve health outcomes for poor people in DFID priority and other low income countries.’ The scheme aims to ‘strengthen health systems through health service skills transfer and capacity development’.  

The RCM received a grant of £523,739 to form twinning partnerships with midwifery associations in Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal, all low-income countries with a high maternal mortality burden. The RCM interventions included sending midwife volunteers to each country, holding workshops in the UK, in each twinned country and at the ICM congress in Prague on topics such as midwifery advocacy and developing strategic plans, and providing support and capacity development from the RCM staff, including the Country Directors.

GMTP sent 67 volunteer midwives on 75 placements over three years. The volunteers worked with the midwifery associations, but also key stakeholders and practising midwives to address the ICM’s three pillars of midwifery: education, regulation and association. Volunteers worked alongside midwives to support them to provide quality midwifery care, build individual leadership capacity and transfer skills and knowledge. Volunteers worked with education providers to develop curricula, to improve teaching standards and to support student midwives in their learning. Volunteers worked with the associations and regulatory bodies to build leadership and advocacy capacity, to develop strategic planning capacity, to build networks and connections to stakeholders and to role model the potential of midwives associations to support a strong midwifery profession.

Further reading on Twinning in Nepal

For further reading, please click here to read the paper published about our twinning project in Nepal. This was written by volunteer and ULR Jilly Ireland with contributions from Joy Kemp and Edwin Van Teijlingen.

Key achievements of Global Midwifery Twinning Project


1. Development of the Masters in Midwifery Curriculum at Uganda Christian University.

2. Establishing a multi-party advocacy group and midwifery research interest group; demonstrating greater commitment to midwives working together across private, public, non-profit, and faith-based sectors.

3. Strengthening private midwives clinical practice sites and pilot mentorship project with Kibuli School of Nursing and Midwifery.         


1. Creation of a 5 year strategic plan for the Cambodian Midwives Association (CMA).

2. Formation of the Cambodian Midwives Council Competency Based Curriculum Assessment Tool for education providers.

3. Increasing membership of Cambodian Midwives Association by 50% to over 4000 members.


1. Development of a 5 year strategic plan for the Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON)

2. Establishing the Mangala Devi Midwife-led Birthing Centre at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu

3. Founding the first national midwifery conference in Nepal, September 2013, with over 300 participants.

Hear from the volunteers

Midwives from Cambodia and Nepal talk about the Global Midwifery Twinning project at the ICM Congress in Prague, June 2014.

Read accounts from the midwives that have volunteered abroad:

To read more from our volunteers, visit the Global Blog which features the best of the GMTP volunteer blogs.

GMTP summary

The Global Midwifery Twinning Project ended in March 2015, and the RCM appointed an independent consultant to conduct an evaluation of the project overall, including project design, management and interventions.

We have produced a summary of the evaluation, alongside case studies from each country, which can be found here

The GMTP photo competition and 2016 calendar

Following the successful GMTP photo competition, the RCM have produced a beautiful 2016 calendar to showcase the best pictures. They will be for sale at RCM events!

For more information, click here.

GMTP Midwives Feature

The Summer 2015 Midwives Magazine Edition included a four-page spread exploring the twinning relationships between England and Cambodia, Scotland and Nepal, and Wales and Northern Ireland and Uganda. Hear from the RCM’s Country Directors about their involvement with the twinning project and from our GMTP volunteers about their experiences.

Read more in your copy of Midwives or click here