Each year, 9,300 women die in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 106,000 newborns do not survive their first month of life. Most of these deaths are preventable.
Evidence shows that investing in the capacity of midwives to provide high quality skilled delivery care translates into positive health outcomes for women, newborns, families, and communities. Toward this end, the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA-LACRO) has partnered with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) since 2011. Family Care International has provided a supportive role throughout this partnership.
This report describes the actions taken by UNFPA, ICM, FCI, and partners to strengthen the role and competencies of professional midwives in the LAC region. It begins with an overview of the key challenges faced in the region, followed by a description of the initiative’s main strategies and concluding with the partnership’s key achievements and lessons learned over the last three years, and recommendations for the future. Its objective is to highlight the lessons learned from this rich collaboration so that decision-makers, program managers and midwives can implement similar initiatives in the future and in other contexts.
Strengthening Midwifery in Latin America and the Caribbean: A report on the collaboration between the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives, 2011-2014 (1.2 MB)
This report is also available in Spanish.
Este documento está disponible también en español.
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