Zepherina Veitch Lecture: Global progress on Midwifery: what the future might hold
The RCM is delighted that Fran McConville, Midwifery Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) will be delivering the Colleges Annual Zepherina Veitch lecture.
Fran will address key issues such as the future direction of midwifery, human rights, and the importance of leadership and digital education. In addition to examining how midwifery education and midwife led research has coped in a global pandemic and is successfully developing for the future.
The lecture will focus also on what midwives have achieved during Year of the Nurse - Midwife which has been extended into 2021. The lecture will also include video insights from practicing midwives in India, Australia, and Pakistan. Attendance for this event is a must for RCM members with lots of opportunity to gain insight and more awareness of midwifery challenges and triumphs from across the globe.
Fran McConville is a midwife and a nurse, has a BSc in Zoology and a Masters in Health Economics. After being a VSO volunteer midwife in Bangladesh in the mid-1980's, Fran spent much of her career in sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health and gender in South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, working with a range of NGO's and UN agencies and as a Health Adviser to the UK department of international development (DFID). Fran is currently the Midwifery Adviser to the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, providing technical and policy support to the 194 Member States.