International Day of the Midwife 2015
This year the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) is more important than ever before: as the Millennium Development Goals come to an end in September, this is the last chance to shine a spotlight on midwifery before the world enters into a new era.
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) call on all midwives in the world and our Member Associations to come together this year on IDM to highlight the importance of having midwives involved in the development of the new era. This is why we have chosen the theme “Midwives: for a better tomorrow”. This slogan clearly states that midwives have to be involved in the work to achieve the new set of goals called the Sustainable Development Goals and create a brighter future for mothers, babies, and families. The overarching theme "The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever" will accompany the subtheme of the year 2015.
Dr Elizabeth Mason is a specialist in Public Health - Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and has more than 30 years’ experience in Policy and Strategy development; Planning, management, implementation and monitoring of maternal, newborn and child health programmes at all levels of the health service. She spent 24 years living and working in the African region. Working for 13 years in Zimbabwe, initially at district level with the NGO OXFAM, then with the Ministry of Health at the Provincial Medical Directorate, and at Headquarters as deputy Director Maternal and Child Health. She subsequently worked for 11 years with WHO, initially in the inter country office for Southern Africa, then in the Regional Office, Harare, as Regional Adviser for Child and Adolescent Health, before moving to WHO HQ in Geneva as Director Child and Adolescent Health in September 2004, and subsequently as Director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.
She qualified in Medicine from the University of Leeds, in the UK, and holds postgraduate qualifications in Child Health and Community Medicine from the University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; she is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, U.K.