On May 5 of each year, the world celebrates International Day of the Midwife. This year, the National Association of Midwives of Morocco commemorates this day with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under the theme: ” Lthe numbers speak for themselves: invest in midwives “.
On this occasion, UNFPA and midwifery associations highlight the potential of the profession for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transformative goals reaffirmed at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, aiming, among other things, to reduce preventable maternal deaths to zero as well as unmet need for family planning.
Increased investments in midwives could indeed save up 4.3 million lives each year, say UNFPA and the association in a statement, noting that midwives could otherwise provide up to 90% of essential lifelong care for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health.
Pnduring the COVID-19 pandemic, the midwives play a role particularly crucial to face risks dhe increased health hazards for girls, the women and newborns, underlines the same source.
In order for midwives to fully assume this role, it is required, according to UNFPA and the association, to address the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. If investing to increase their numbers and close the global gap from 900.000 midwives is needed by 2030, other measures are required in terms of initial training, continuing education, regulations, and the working environment insists the same source.
After the publication of the decree Application N ° 2.19.794 of 23 January 2020 of the law 44/13 governing the practice of the profession of midwifery, UNFPA and midwifery associations that act to strengthen and enhance the skillsthese Moroccan midwives, continue their advocacy for the creation of goldnational dre of midwives and theregulatory progress of the midwifery profession. Joint efforts are also being made to the mobilization of partners for more investment in the profession, at the service of life, health and sustainable development.