Save the Children's EVERY ONE Midwife Award
Birth is the time when the risk of death is greatest. Globally almost one million unnecessary neonatal deaths occur at the time of birth each year, as well as an additional one million intrapartum stillbirths and 350,000 maternal deaths. All these deaths occur just when new life is expected – a total of over 2 million birth-related deaths globally each year, mostly in low income countries. Reducing these deaths is crucial to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for child survival (MDG 4) and maternal health (MDG 5). Many countries could accelerate MDG progress with more investment on care at birth. More midwives as well as essential equipment and skills are critical.
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the Society of Midwives of South Africa (SOMSA) are pleased to be hosting the ICM 29th Triennial Congress in Durban, South Africa in 19-23 June 2011.The theme of the Congress, Midwives Tackling the Big Five Globally, addresses the five leading causes of maternal death and morbidity in low-resource settings. Many of these causes are directly linked to newborn deaths and to stillbirths. By examining the health of women and their babies, this Congress provides an opportunity for midwives to make a major contribution to achieving MDGs 4 and 5, ensuring the well being of the world’s mothers and their newborns.
There is a shortage of midwives internationally and particularly in Africa. Midwives provide the majority of immediate care to newborns born in facilities, often despite a lack of specific support or training for newborn care. Too often midwives work hard, against the odds and receive little recognition.
ICM together with Save the Children would like to identify and reward two midwives who have been champions for newborn survival. This is the third occasion that Save the Children has made this global award. The first winner was from Ethiopia and the second winners were from Malawi and South Africa – these exceptional women promoted change at scale against the odds
This year the awards will be given on behalf of EVERY ONE, Save the Children’s global campaign to save children’s lives, and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Save the Children tackles the most common causes of newborn and child deaths and is building a movement in over sixty countries to support action to save children’s lives and urge leaders to live up to their promises to children. To stop needless deaths of newborn babies and children and achieve the fourth Millennium Development Goal, Save the Children recognizes that there needs to be a health worker within reach of every vulnerable child, who is trained, equipped and supported to deal successfully with the principal threats to that child’s survival through the first five years of life.
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About the Award
ICM together with Save the Children would like to identify and reward two midwives who have been champions for newborn survival. Awards will be given to midwives from low-or middle- income countries with the highest burden for maternal and newborn deaths who have significantly contributed to care for the newborn. Nominees from the top 20 countries with the highest burden will be considered:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, Uganda, and United Republic of Tanzania.
- Read the Award's Terms of Reference to learn more about the selection process.
- Learn more about the ICM Congress.
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Award winners will be selected based on the effectiveness and potential impact and sustainability of their interventions in the community. A nominee should:
- Be working in a low- or middle-income country that is high burden for maternal and neonatal deaths (see list of qualifying countries above);
- Be actively working in the public or non-profit health sector, in clinical work, education, research or outreach, having an effect beyond one hospital or unit
- Provide an example of commitment to newborn care for example in training in essential newborn care, resuscitation, kangaroo mother care;
- Show compassion and empathy for women, newborns, families, as well as co-workers;
- Be a positive role model - dynamic, motivated, passionate, an agent for change;
- Remain up to date with current midwifery practice;
- Promote and participate in building a positive work environment, including staff growth, mentorship, learning and development.
Application must be accompanied by a brief description of nominee's career history and a description of why this person should win the award considering the selection criteria above. Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated commitment to midwifery, including examples of the nominee's leadership qualities and impact for newborn care.