20 February 2019

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics / International Confederation of Midwives / International Pediatric Association


Commitment Progress

– ICM supported competency-based quality midwifery education programmes and faculty development through ICM standards, guidelines and education programme certification mechanism by establishing midwifery education as a priority in our 2017-2020 Strategic Directions, as promoting the prioritisation of quality midwifery education to the World Health Organisation Executive Board in 2018. ICM has developed a Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme and has continued its programming in teaching competency-based education in Francophone Africa and Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive programmes for the 50,000 Happy Birthdays programme.

– ICM has developed a strategic advocacy plan for for the 2017-2020 triennium that, amongst priorities such as raising the status of midwifery in support of the Global Strategy, also champions normal birth and respectful maternity care.

– ICM continues to work in partnership with a broad spectrum of development partners, particularly FIGO and ICN, in promoting Global Strategy objectives.


The Health Care Professionals Associations (HCPA) sitting on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (the Partnership), FIGO, ICM, and IPA are collectively committed to working together towards achieving the goals of the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents Health (2016-2030). Following an earlier commitment in 2010, FIGO, ICM and IPA are proposing a joint commitment to support the achievement of the goals of the Global Strategy. ICM, IPA and FIGO commit to meet annually to review workplans and identify areas for collaborative activity towards sustainable collaboration and more effective and efficient use of resources aimed at improving access to quality services along the continuum of care from sexual and reproductive health through to newborn, child and adolescent health.

The HCPAs commit to undertaking joint resource mobilization to implement joint planned activities. Annual collaborative efforts, estimated at USD $60,000,000 of in-kind contributions per year, will aim to increase the capacity of constituent health workers to deliver quality services across the continuum of care through training of health workers and development, adoption of and compliance with accreditation, guidelines and regulations as part of their standards of care for labor and delivery, including during humanitarian crisis.

Commitment Progress

IPA and FIGO have continued to provide support for the EWEC Global strategy in terms of both action and advocacy in countries and implementation of activities. We estimate that the in kind support has potentially totaled almost $30 million across the range of countries that IPA provides support to through its members and member societies, and approximately $60million from FIGO.


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