MoPH introduces midwifery services framework
The framework was launched at a ceremony attended by a delegation from ICM and representatives of UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, WHO and other stakeholders in maternal, newborn and child health
The Midwifery Services Framework for developing sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn and adolescent health services by midwives will support the development and strengthening of midwifery services across the country focusing on a quality midwifery workforce, the MoPH said in a statement.
Calling improving maternal and newborn health and strengthening midwifery as among the government’s priorities, the ministry said ICM has proposed the framework to help the ministry in its efforts at addressing the need for sustainable, quality midwifery health services.
The implementation of the Midwifery Services Framework will be supported by the Ministry of Public Health and the Afghan Midwives Association in collaboration with the USAID funded HEMAYAT project and UNFPA.
In his opening remakes, Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said he would like to reiterate the commitment of the ministry and the unity government to ending preventable maternal and child deaths in Afghanistan.
“As part of the commitment we recognise that midwives are vital in achieving the continued progress and sustainable development in the reduction of maternal, neonatal, and child mortality and provision of quality accessible, affordable and easily available, maternal, neonatal and child health services,” the minister added.
Greg Adams, USAID’s Health Director, said in his speech that USAID was glad to stand with the Ministry of Public Health to assist in implementing a new framework which will help bring sustainability in meeting the health care needs of Afghanistan.
Ms. Frances Day Stirk, President of the International Confederation Midwives, said she was delighted to have the interest of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health in the Midwifery Services Framework.
The framework is designed to assist countries to strengthen the midwifery workforce and quality of midwifery care and the International Confederation Midwives team looks forward to meeting midwives, Ministry officials, USAID, HEMAYAT, WHO, UNFPA and other stakeholders to share the framework to improve care to women and babies of Afghanistan.
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