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Resources for global midwifery

Resources for global midwifery

Working Internationally 2017

The publication, Working Internationally: A guide to humanitarian and development work for nurses and midwives provides advice for nurses and midwives who want to work internationally, both in sustainable development and humanitarian programmes. It has been developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), VSO and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

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The Lancet Series

The Lancet Series on Midwifery was a landmark series of publications dedicated to providing the ‘evidence for midwifery as a vital solution to the challenges of providing high quality maternal and newborn care for all women and babies in all countries.’

The Lottery of Birth 2015

The Lottery of Birth 2015 report from Save the Children UK examines the impact of unequal development on children’s chance of survival. The report demonstrates that inequitable progress can be reduced and makes the case for putting disadvantaged groups first to achieve progress on child mortality for all.

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 ‘presents findings on midwifery from 73 low and middle-income countries.’ The report shows the current state of midwifery in the featured countries and what percentage of sexual and reproductive, maternal and newborn health needs are currently being met, and how this could dramatically improve with an increased focus on midwifery. 

Save the Children’s Missing Midwives 2011

The Save the Children’s Missing Midwives report 2011 outlines the centrality of midwives to supporting the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4: reducing child deaths by two-thirds, and Goal 5: reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters. ‘Around 1.3 million babies could be saved each year by filling the shortage in midwives in the poorest countries.’

Health Education England

Health Education England have developed the Toolkit for the collection of evidence of knowledge and skills gained through participation in an international health project, in order to facilitate the evidencing of the reciprocal benefits for individual UK health workers. The toolkit captures areas such as ‘project management’ and ‘developing leadership skills’ to help clarify volunteer’s understanding of their experiences and identify learning. The tool also provides evidence appropriate for inclusion in Continuing Professional Development appraisals, personal development reviews and revalidation.

The World Health Organisation’s Every Newborn Action Plan

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have developed Every Newborn: An Action Plan to End Preventable Deaths which envisions a world where “there are no preventable deaths of newborns or stillbirths, where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is celebrated, and women, babies and children survive, thrive and reach their full potential”. Their Every Newborn Toolkit provides resources and analytical tools to help support advocacy and involvement.

Every Newborn Progress Report 

One year on from the endorsement of the Every Newborn Action Plan, this progress report summarises the activities undertaken to address newborn mortality rates. Of the 18 low-resource countries identified as having the highest newborn mortality rates, 15 have taken action to improve maternal and newborn care. Click here to acccess report

The World Health Organisation ‘Strengthening Midwifery Toolkit’

The ‘Strengthening Midwifery Toolkit’ focuses specifically on ‘strengthening the central role and function of the professional midwife in the provision of quality care during pregnancy and childbirth and in other reproductive and sexual health services’. It includes 9 modules on topics such as ‘developing standards to improve midwifery practice’ and ‘developing effective programs for preparing midwife teachers’. Click here to access toolkit

MHTF – PLOS Collection on Maternal Health

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization. The PLOS Collections collate content from across the PLOS journals. The collaboration between the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS Medicine since 2011 has created a freely available open access collection of research and commentary on maternal health. The three yearly collections bring together policy forums and research articles. The Year 1 theme was ‘quality of maternal health care’, Year 2 was ‘maternal health is women’s health’, and Year 3 ‘integrating health care to meet the needs of the mother-infant pair’. Click here to access website

Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Resources

The Maternal Health Task Force from the Harvard School of Public Health works to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. The Global Maternal Health News feed compiles recent updates from journals, news outlets and global health websites. The Statistics Resources page provides a variety of sources for maternal health related statistics. The e-Learning Courses page collates a range of e-Learning tools relating to maternal health, including family planning, managing postpartum hemorrhage, and danger signs in pregnancy. Click here to access resources

The Global Health e-Learning Center

The Global Health e-Learning Center (GHeL) was developed by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to provide worldwide health workers with access to global health information. GHeL provides free e-Learning courses on topics such as antenatal care, cervical cancer prevention and family planning counselling, and certificates on topics such as child survival, family planning and reproductive health, and gender and health.
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Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

The World Health Organisation Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality provides a strategic framework for policy and programme planning to achieve Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) targets. The report sets global and country level targets for MMR reduction, and elaborates on the five strategic objectives to guide programme planning for ending preventable maternal mortality. Click here to access the report on the WHO website

International Day of the wifery 2015

The speakers from the International Day of the Midwife 2015 share their presentations from the event on topics such as the global and national implications of the ‘Lancet Series on Midwifery’ and the role of the midwife in FGM prevention.

The Global Library of Women’s Medicine

The Global Library or Women’s Medicine and Healthcare is the educational platform for the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). The Library contains expert chapters on issues in women’s medicine; textbooks, film tutorials and skills for safer motherhood, master class lectures and resources around women’s rights, health and empowerment. Visit their website to read more: Click here to access website