A March for Midwives: Celebrating International Day of the Midwife in Malawi
May 15, 2016By Carly Smith, White Ribbon Alliance Global Secretariat
Imagine the personal treatment you would expect from a health worker entrusted to help you or a woman you love give birth. We envision a relationship characterized by gentle, effective communication, support, kindness, and respect. Unfortunately, too many women experience care that does not match this image.
Without trained midwives, many women and children experience disrespect and abuse and do not receive the proper care necessary before, during, and after childbirth, leading to birth complications and death. White Ribbon Alliance works to address issues of disrespect and abuse among women by raising awareness, educating communities and recognizing midwives as the change makers.
On International Day of the Midwife, White Ribbon Alliance Malawi (WRA Malawi) came together with supporters and Directors of Health to march in celebration of midwives and the important role they play in promoting respectful maternity care and ending disrespect and abuse of women and children during childbirth. The march started at the Kawale health center and ended at the function area where midwives showcased their contributions toward maternal and newborn health.
WRA Malawi celebrated guests of honor, including Principal Secretary for Health Dr. Macphil Magwira, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Tulpoka Soko, Director of Reproductive Health Directorate Funny Kachael, and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health Juliana Lunguzi, for their contributions to the improvement of maternal and newborn health through their advocacy efforts for midwives in Malawi. Through midwifery trainings and a better understanding of the Respectful Maternity Care Charter, WRA Malawi has created a mutual respect between midwives and the community toward the provision of maternal and newborn health.