The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Resident Representative in Nigeria ,Madame Diene Keita has advocatd for an adequate policy framework and working conditions for Nurses And Midwives to ensure effective deployment and retention of well-trained midwives.
The Resident Representative at the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) Main Event in Abuja said UNFPA strongly supports the training and work of midwives in more than 100 countries including Nigeria. Since 2009,
“Midwives leading the way with quality care, is significant in highlighting the vital role that midwives play not only in ensuring women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely, but also receive respectful and well-resourced maternity care that can create a lifetime of good health and wellbeing beyond the childbirth continuum.”
“UNFPA, celebrates the heroic and life-saving work that midwives do every day, often in very trying circumstances. Thanks to midwives, millions of women each year are able to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning.”
According to her “Preventing maternal and newborn deaths and disabilities and empowering women to make informed, healthy choices and exercise their rights is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To make this happen, we need to expand midwifery programmes, maintaining the highest global standards, and promote an enabling environment for midwives to effectively serve the needs of women and their families.”
These services help ensure wanted, healthy pregnancies and safe births.Yet, far too many women in Nigeria lack access to these services.
. We have also strengthened national midwifery associations and helped enhance the regulatory framework for midwifery practice to ensure accountability.
This year’s theme of the International Day of the Midwife, Midwives Leading The Way With Quality Care, resonates with Key UNFPA Midwifery Strategic directions Quality, Equity, Leadership.
On her part the wife of the senate president, Founder-President Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives,Mrs Toyin Saraki stressed the need for health sector in Nigeria and around the world to implement the WHO 2017 World Health Assembly Sepsis Resolution.
“I commit myself to always championing your voices and your priorities – and making sure that your experiences and knowledge are at the forefront as we create a better and safer health care system.”
“As the Founder-President of the WBFA, I work with our midwives through our MamaCare and EmONC programmes to ensure that mother and baby are safe from birth through to age. Without adequate WASH facilities, however, midwives all over the world are unable to safely carry out their crucial work – and to lead the way with quality care.”she observed.
“Hand hygiene must be a quality indicator in every facility and a national marker of health care quality, with access to soap and water monitored and assessed. I am declaring war on sepsis and poor hygiene in health centres – alongside midwives and nurses, I will promote hand hygiene amongst health workers and champion WASH in healthcare facilities.”