NANMM Position on Community Nursing

After acknowledging and duly respect contrary viewpoints, the community Nursing and Midwifery program is to solve a particular lingering problem. That is, getting Nurses to stay in the PHCs and very hard to reach communities.

Knowing that over 65% of our population in Nigeria live in rural areas and have a greater burden of disease, the govt waited for us as nurses to solve this problem but we didn’t until it was pressed to launch the CHEW and JCHEW programs. Dr. Ransom Kuti’s fact. He came to us nurses first. But we sounded then like we are sounding now. If we were more foresighted, today we would have been solely in charge of PHCs and regulating all those practicing one form of care or the other as done in all other countries.

The community cadre professionals solved the govt’ problem at a lower cost. It witnessed less attrition because most of them have their families in those localities. These are real community/PHC issues we have grabbled with for years. That is why the CHEW prog is resonating very well with govt. Our drawback gave room to the CHEW who have become our nightmare. Sadly, they practice nursing yet they are not regulated by the nursing council. It is an error. I don’t know of another serious country where that is the case. If I am right, I think the Medical Laboratory and Pharmaceutical councils have been able to solve their own. I think they play a critical role in regulating lab technicians and pharmacy technicians. For me, the launch of the community nursing and midwifery program should have come years ago and there would never have been any other cadre like the CHEWs not regulated by NMCN. But our failure to see the big picture is now of greater threat to our profession than any other. Better late than never though.

In almost all the other countries including the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada, every and anybody carrying out any form of CARE is licensed/ certified and regulated by the nursing council. You have cadres like home care assistants, care aids, licensed Nurses practitioners etc….some as low as 2weeks training. They all have their specific jurisdictions and duties

For the govt, it is not the name or even the “quality of care” first. “Are they going to be available and possibly cheaper?” Is their question. If Yes! With the reality of scarce resources facing every nation, govt will always appreciate available and affordability in certain circumstances like staffing PHCs even if the quality of care is not up to standard. They believe, half quality is better than no service at all. And believe it or not, if you are familiar with PHCs and hard to reach areas, that statement is 100% true. There are many PHCs that lack certified care providers CHEWs & JCHEWs inclusive. The health attendants are the best they have. And while we encourage govt to do more to equip our health centers and make it conducive, the resource available will not deliver that anytime soon no matter how you push. However, as we expect govt to do the needful, we have rural dwellers who need our care in any way possible. We won’t abandon them until the government makes the environment conducive. Your guess is as good as mine.

There is absolutely no need for us to start putting up #tags or campaign against this!

Just last week we were talking about how nurses no longer conduct ANC palpitations, delivery and IVs in some hospitals but on the contrary, the CHEWS and JCHEWs are being trained to undertake greater roles including delivery. Funny enough, CHEWS hare not just taking charge of the PHCs, they are also employed by GHs, Tertiary hospitals and private as care assistance and nurses respectively. That gives them more employability scope than we nurses.

Please, we need to do more to regain our place in the PHCs management as seen in other countries. PHCs are managed purely by Nurses. As preventive care takes centre stage globally, the PHCs in the target of 80% attending to people at community level.

Hence a clarion call to Nurses to emulate global changes in health care delivery system most especially in Nigeria, so that we avoid our previous mistakes.

NANNM, Kano.

UK Govt Increases Immigration Health Surcharge to £624 from October 2020

Foreign Nurses, Doctors and other migrants planning to migrate to UK will now have to spend more money than before as the immigration health surcharge (IHS fees) is set to increase from £400 to £624 per year with effect from October, 2020 .

The new figure will apply for all surcharge liable non-EEA migrants (and their dependents) from October 2020, expanding to include EEA migrants from January 2021.

The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.

The news of an increased surcharge is not unexpected according tonhsemployers.org and was part of the Conservative manifesto in November 2019, but the exact timing has now been confirmed.

NUC Approves Nursing, Three Other New Courses for Trinity Varsity Yaba

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved four new courses at degree level for Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos. The courses are Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory Science, International Relations and Diplomacy and Physics with Electronics. Subsequently, the institution has commenced admission of students to these new programmes for the current academic session of 2019/2020.

According to the university’s management, the development was made possible due to the institution’s excellent facilities for effective teaching, learning and practicals, which were inspected by the NUC before the approval.

The institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, expressed delight at the development, describing it as a vital contribution to the tertiary education sector in the country.

“This will make a significant contribution and a welcome relief to many students who were not able to gain admission for these highly-competitive courses in the universities. It will also be good news to parents and guardians and potential students that the fees are moderate,” he said.

In a chat with newsmen on Friday, the Vice Chancellor assured existing and prospective students of a stimulating, dynamic and fulfilling environment for learning.

Source: Guardian Newspaper

Nigeria Produces 14,000 Nurses Annually, Council Inducts Foreign Trained Nurses

-Nigeria has a total number of  350,000 Registered Nurses
-Only 124,000  Registered Nurses are Active
-14,000 New Registered Nurses are produced annually in Nigeria

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has inducted 144 graduates of nursing science of foreign universities. The inductees had completed a six month adaptation programme in Nigerian universities and passed professional examination for general nursing conducted in November 2019.

Speaking during the induction ceremony at the council’s headquarters in Abuja,  Registrar of the council, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar said 317 foreign trained nurses participated in the professional examination  but only 144 were successful and inducted. He said the inductees were graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science programmes from universities in 18 countries. The countries are Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Niger, Philippines ,Sri -Lanka ,Sudan ,Turkey ,United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uganda and Ukraine.

Alhaji Faruk said the inductees had added to the country’s human resources for health thus reducing the enormous challenges of the shortage of nurses in Nigeria. “Presently we have over 350,000 registered nurses and midwives but only 124,000 are active in practice which is greatly inadequate in meeting the health challenges in our country.”

The registrar said that the council produced an average of 14,000 professional nurses annually and that it was committed to tripling the number in the next three years. He enjoined the inductees to be competent nurses, adding that it was only competent nurses that could identify patients’ needs and provide quality care for patients and consumers of healthcare.

“A great nurse should maintain high standard of professionalism in approach to work, diligent to work, good communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, attentiveness, quick problem solving abilities, promptness in responding to patients, empathic disposition, energetic and friendliness. These qualities with knowledge of professional code of practice will help you to keep within your scope of practice. Practice in line with the best available evidence.” He enjoined the foreign trained nurses to be willing to learn and yield to the counsel of experienced colleagues already working in the clinical area.

He said the board of the council has approved the training of 50,000 community midwives in the next five years across the country to work at primary health centers in the 774 local government council in Nigeria. Board chairman of the council,  Dr. Abosede Bola Ofi enjoined the inductees to adhere to the ethics of the profession, and avoid all forms of misconduct. Director Nursing Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Veronica Okolo said the year 2020 has been declared the International Year of the Nurses and Midwife.

She urged the graduands to join efforts with the country to achieve Universal Health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to the best performing inductee for the November 2019 professional examination of foreign trained nurses,  Basirat Yusuf Adejoke , and the best performing University for the professional examination,  University of Port-Harcourt.

Basirat Yusuf Adejoke, who studied nursing  in Sudan, and did her adaption progamme at the University of Ilorin,  thanked the council for the induction and promised that the inductees would do  their best to maintain best professional practice, and also promote the good name of the council at all times. She called on government at all levels for increased budgetary allocation to the health sector to  ensure provision of requisite equipment , research and quality service delivery as obtained in other climes. Aminu Aliyu,  studied at the Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, Niger  Republic.

He said he went out of the country to study because there were lots of challenges studying nursing in Nigeria. He said for instance  students were not admitted to study nursing in the country even when they pass Jamb and university examinations . He said there was a lot of corruption in Nigerian universities that he didn’t encounter  such when he travelled out to study.   

He promised to work in a Nigerian hospital with full dedication and commitment to duty. Charles Nnodi who studied nursing in the University of  Georgia, Eastern Europe, said there was need for Nigeria to adopt the use of Information Communication Technology(ICT ) in nursing education in the country. He said he would combine his international and local experiences to give patients the best. Hadiza Magaji Bakwori who studied at Nile College University, Sudan, said she would assist indigent patients and those who cannot fully fund healthcare services provided for them.

Source: Daily Trust Newspaper

American Ban List: Nigerian Nurses Not Banned From USA

President Donald trump on friday added Nigeria to the travel ban lists, a list of nations who have to contend with stringent travel restrictions. This action virtually blocks immigration to the United States for Nigerians. Other countries recently added to the list include Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan etc  

As a result, immigrant visas issued to Nigerians who want to live in the U.S is now banned. The trump administration has argued that the ban to restrict travel from countries that are muslim populated is necessary to force these countries to meet security requirements for travel into the united states or face restrictions until they do.  

Immigrant visas, issued to those seeking to live in the United States, will be banned. The proclamation will take effect on February 22 2020. Immigrants who obtain visas before then will still be able to travel to the United States, officials said.   

However, Nonimmigrant visas, including those for students and certain temporary workers, as well as visas reserved for potential employees with specialized skills like doctors, nurses etc, will not be affected by the ban.

It is advisable that those who are preparing for NCLEX-RN Exam should continue as we will bring you update as events unfold

Kenyan Nurse Suspended After Woman Jumps To Her Death In A Moving Ambulance

The  Kajiado County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in-charge of Health, Esther  Somoire has suspended two county government employees following the death of a mother and her child under unclear circumstances.

Somoire confirmed the suspension of the Ambulance driver and the Nurse who were on duty during last Friday’s incident where a 26-year-old woman died after jumping from the ambulance which was ferrying her sick son to hospital.

While addressing the press at her office, the Health CEC emphasized that the safety of patients is paramount irrespective of whether they are in a health facility or inside an ambulance.

“As a department, we are committed to ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter because we have standard procedures that always guide our health professionals while undertaking their duties to ensure that we save lives and in that breadth, we have suspended the driver and the accompanying nurse who were on duty on that day pending investigations,” said Somoire.

Leslie Naiso, who was expectant, jumped out of the moving ambulance after her ailing son, Solomon Leslie succumbed to illness as he was being transferred to Kajiado County Referral Hospital.

The boy had been treated at Il Bissil Health Centre before being transferred to the referral hospital as his condition was said to have worsened.

According to a police report on the incident, the woman opened the rear door of the county government ambulance and jumped to her death on seeing that her son’s condition had worsened.

“On reaching at the location of the accident, the mother of the ailing child opened the rear door of the vehicle upon sensing that the boy’s condition was worsening, jumped out of the moving vehicle and as a result, she sustained multiple injuries,” states the report.

Both the child and the mother were rushed to the Kajiado Referral Hospital where the boy was pronounced dead on arrival while the mother succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

The bodies were moved to the same hospital’s mortuary while the ambulance was towed to Kajiado Police Station for inspection.

However, according to an eye witness who did not want to be named, the nurse was sitting in front with the driver and the woman was at the back alone with her sick child.

“It is absolutely shocking and unimaginable that a patient can be transferred to another hospital without being the under care of a medical official at the back of the ambulance. The nurse was sitting with the driver at the front and they didn’t realize that the mother had jumped out of the car and they even drove up to Kumpa and then turned back asking us if we had seen someone jump out of the ambulance,” he said.

The  Kajiado Central Sub County Commander, Daudi Loronyokwe said investigations were on-going and both the driver and nurse had already recorded statements.

“Already, the driver and the nurse who were on board the ambulance have recorded statements with us and after conclusion of the investigations, we will definitely take action against the responsible individuals,” he said.
Source: Kenyan News

Western Cape College of Nursing Application Form 2020

The Western Cape College of Nursing would like to congratulate the matric class of 2019!
All learners who applied to study at the WCCN are advised of the following:

1. Applications for acceptance into the 2020 academic program closed on 30 August 2019. The 2020 course has already commenced.

2. Due to the 2020 program being full, no new applications will be accepted. No admission into the program will be made available as the college does not accommodate walk-ins.

3. Kindly note that the next application cycle will occur later in the year. This is usually between June and September every year, but please be sure to contact the campus closer to the time when application forms become available to the public.

4. The 4-year diploma course has been phased out by the South African Nursing Council. The WCCN has been accredited with the new 3-year diploma course which will be on offer with the next academic intake (See attached).

5. Candidates awaiting feedback on their application are advised to contact the campus where they submitted their application as each campus has access to its own database. This is applicable to candidates placed on a waiting list. Feedback can shed light on where candidates can improve when re-applying to the college. Don’t give up!

Thank you.

Chief Nurse At London Trust Aims For Zero Vacancies In 2020

The chief nurse of a trust where Florence Nightingale set up her first nursing school has said she wants to use this “important” year to achieve zero nursing vacancies and raise the status of the profession worldwide.

Dame Eileen Sills from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has told how she would like to build on the reputation of the trust “as the place to go to be a nurse” during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

This week the trust held a launch event at St Thomas’ Hospital to kick-start celebrations for 2020, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Speaking at the event, Dame Eileen told her nursing colleagues that this year was about “remembering the legacy” that Florence gave the profession.

She said that the hospital had a “special place within nursing” because Florence’s first school started up there in 1860.

“I think what 2020 is about, is us remembering the legacy that Florence Nightingale gave us, where we have come from and celebrating our future,” said Dame Eileen.

She added: “I think if we lose the importance of our past then we will be poorer in the future.

“So, this year is about having a bit of fun, appreciating our legacy [and] participating in a whole raft of initiatives.”

Dame Eileen, who has been nursing for 40 years this year, encouraged her colleagues to use the time over the next year to “understand the value we make, not just to Guy’s and St Thomas’, but the value to the NHS as a whole”.

“We’re a force to be reckoned with,” she added.

“The World Health Organisation has made this the International Year of the Nurse and all of a sudden I think most importantly the world has woken up that you can’t do without us.”

In an interview with Nursing Times after her speech, Dame Eileen was asked what she would like to achieve for the trust during this significant year.

She said: “We would like to build our reputation further as the place to go to be a nurse.

“I’d like to have no vacancies by the end of the year.”

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust currently has 679 whole time equivalent registered nurse vacancies, which is 12% of its total nursing workforce.

“I want nurses to basically say…that it’s the best place to work. Our profile in the organisation is very high anyway and I think this will just sort of cement it,” she added.

Dame Eileen highlighted that the year of 2020 should be used to “raise the status of nursing worldwide”.

“I think we have good status in this country, but worldwide that’s not always the case,” she said.

“Across the world we want everybody to understand and realise the contribution that nursing can make, which is pretty considerable, and it not be defined by the country that you are in.”

To celebrate year of the nurse, the trust has implemented a theme for each month during 2020 which includes a focus on leadership, education, community services and infection control (see full list below).

The trust will also be holding its annual nursing and midwifery awards in May and has plans for two new installations at the hospital, though Dame Eileen could not reveal what they would be.

In addition, the trust has a competition planned with a primary school to “design the future nursing uniform”. Dame Eileen said the winner would then be given the chance to create the uniform.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s themes for the year:

January: Celebrations begin

February: Past, present and future

March: Education and training

April: Reaching your potential

May: Celebrating our professions

June: Advanced practice and research

July: Infection control

August: Leadership development

September: Community services

October: International heritage

November: Strategy and smiles

December: Florence Nightingale’s legacy

Source: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/2020-international-year-of-the-nurse-and-midwife/chief-nurse-at-london-trust-aims-for-zero-nurse-vacancies-in-2020-23-01-2020/

Why I dumped Nursing For Politics – Abiodun Essiet

Abiodun Essiet, a gender advocate, women leader of Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF) and public health consultant, is the special adviser (SA) to the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi Candido, on ICT, donor agencies, and civil societies. In this interview with ENE OSANG, she speaks on how she joined politics, her experience among others.

What is your background and did it influence you joining politics?

I am a registered nurse. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science and a Masters in Public Health. I also hold a Diploma in Development Leadership and certificate in Community Development Leadership by Women, Conflict, and Peace-building, Action Research for Citizens-led Change from Coady International Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada.

I am a passionate community leader with seven years of experience in project management, community development and leadership. I am also involved in identifying development gaps in society and ways of bridging the gaps.

In 2018, I participated in the canvassing pan African youth democracy programme and I am working on a six-month project in my community on public service efficiency by engaging elected representatives to become more accountable, efficient and to deliver impactful governance to citizens.

Currently, I am the National Director for Women, Gender and Development Affairs of Africa Youth Union Commission, as well as the Executive Director of Abiodun Essiet initiative for girls, a Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) dealing with youth and women empowerment, Board Member and Health Consultant For Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative and a volunteer for Baobab for Women’s rights.

I am actively engaged in public service, volunteerism and mentoring, and I started the “35% Inclusion Movements”, a grassroots movement aimed at reaching 35 per cent inclusion of women in decision making positions towards 2019 Nigeria general election.

I created a social media network known as the Young Africa Women leaders Network to Mentor young women across Africa on politics and leadership development, a platform I use to share my political journal as an aspirant in the general election in Nigeria.

Your background is in the healthcare sector, why did you move to politics?

I practiced nursing for some years and later moved into the civil society which launched me into an activism program. I became an advocate for gender equality and good governance.

My work in civil society got me involved in women’s empowerment programmes that really opened my eyes to the issues women are facing across the various sectors of life and development. The activist in me was not okay with the status quo. I felt something has to be done especially concerning the marginalization of women in governance.

This led to starting a grassroots movement called ‘35% Inclusion Movement, to advocate for 35% inclusion of women in leadership at both the public and private sectors, which was in line with international declarations and treaties like CEDAW, and Beijing platform for action 1995.

In the year 2016, I decided to practice what I preached by fully getting involved in politics by registering in a political party.

I see politics as an important tool for getting into governance. For so long we have left some specific kind of people who are not really interested in developing this nation in politics to shape our governance system which I was not happy about. I felt we needed a new crop of people who are transformational leaders, interested in developing this nation in politics.

My parents are politician, so at the early stage of my life I started participating in party politics passively but I became a partisan politician in 2016.

As an undergraduate and also in the postgraduate, I contested for different positions in our departmental association.

So, what has the experience been as SA to AMAC chairman?

Well, I contested in the last general elections as counsellor for my ward, Orozo Ward, which is one of the 12 wards that constitute AMAC.

I contested against five men and lost at the primary election. Although I didn’t like how everything turned out during my primary elections, I continued working for the party.

I was made the campaign secretary for my ward for the campaign team of APC, where I worked with other members of the party to canvas for votes for our candidates at the general election.

I also joined the APC FCT Women Leader, Hon. Hail Mary Aipob, campaign structure, where we formed a new campaign team called Women and Youth for Buhari. We went around the FCT with the minister to canvas for votes.

The AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, noticed my commitment to the party and my community development work and he requested that I should join his team to serve the people.

I joined the team in May 2019 and my seven months in office has been interesting and challenging. Coming from a civil society background some of the civil servants found my zeal to make a change strange because they are used to having things done in a particular.

So, I spent 1st month in office to understand the system and to draft my agenda. In my one month in office, I was able to revive the ICT unit and I updated our social media pages. I registered AMAC as a member of world smart cities and local governments. I also created a structure to manage the affairs of civil societies in AMAC.

The first few months of resumption of the administration were used to set the agenda. Interactive meetings were held with the staff of the ICT division, the information division of the council and the social welfare unit of the council. Assessment of the website, social media platforms of the council was carried out by the team; information gathered was used to initiate the process for updating the website of the council with the website developer.

We also had engagement with relevant donors and civil societies. The team paid a courtesy visit to various national and international organizations.

We now have a very active social media handles. We are currently updating our website. In this process, my team is working on securing the website, activating links to the various departments and we also working on creating a newsfeed section on the website.

I led AMAC delegation on a governance impact learning visit to Kigali, Rwanda, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The governance impact learning visit is a program designed to expose young political leaders to global standards of governance and provide them with a peer support space for ideating on how to cascade such learning experiences for governance impact in their local political leadership and sphere of influence. Participants spent six days visiting relevant government agencies and institutions in Rwanda and UAE.

What informed the choice Rwanda and Dubai?

Rwanda is ranked as the second easiest place to do business in Africa and also ranks higher than Nigeria in the global competitiveness index by the World Bank.

While Dubai which was an emerging state in the early ’80s has become one of the world’s leading tourist and investment destinations within a space of three decades, and Nigeria with far more resources than both countries lags behind. Both countries have substantially improved vital sectors such as education, health, transportation, and tourism, which have significantly enhanced the impact of government on the lives of the citizenry.

Rwanda and Dubai also have a relatively flexible visa policy and low travel costs.

I ensured development partners meeting with the council chairman whereby 21 partners attended the meeting with the cabinet members of the council.

The meeting was organized to provide a coordinating platform for the council to know the donors and NGO’s working on various projects within the municipal area and to create an opportunity for development partners to share their projects and action plans.

At the meeting, the chairman recognized that the government cannot do everything; partnership globally can assist the government. Interventions through organizations will ensure services reach consumers and promote the development of a more united and prosperous Area Council; through encouraging brotherhood between Indigenes and other Nigerians to appreciate stronger ties and partnership. The meeting was also to strengthen existing infrastructure and we harped the need for AMAC microfinance banks to support economic empowerment among the less income AMAC residents.

Also, the need for sustainable agriculture development, promoting the achievement of basic health care provision across all our Primary Health Care Centres; partnership for e-governance service delivery in the council; exchange programmes with other councils across the globe and an all-inclusive government that encourages women to contribute their quota to development at all levels was stressed.

You joined AMAC seven months ago but was awarded the most efficient staff in 2019, how did this make you feel council?

I feel excited and proud of my achievement. I promised myself to perform my duties with excellence. Knowing that women hardly occupy the position I occupy at all levels of government I wanted to make women proud and also for the men to find it worthy to always put women in positions of authority. My success is dedicated to women in governance.

My achievements rebranded AMAC on social media, built the capacity of staff on ICT. I ensured AMAC was registered with Wego Facilitator, AMAC partners and ICT investor.

I established a structure for creating a gender unit and gender policy in AMAC to sensitise staff on gender-based violence at the workplace.

I promoted working relationship of AMAC with developmental partners by setting first-ever Round-table discussion on development with the AMAC chairman. I also facilitated several projects/programmes for AMAC from NGOs and donor agencies.

Before I came to office, men had been occupying this position for a long time and none of them could do half of what I did in seven months. I am happy I have a HeforShe as chairman. He appreciates good work and awarded me the overall best cabinet member in AMAC for 2019.

What is your vision for AMAC?

My vision for AMAC is for the council to be the best local government in Nigeria, setting the pace for others to follow. I look forward to an inclusive council with the agenda of bringing dividends of democracy to citizens.

Also, I envision a council that supports citizen’s involvement in governance, promoting open governance and transparency.

In line with my office, I want AMAC to be the best council that promotes enabling environment for none governmental organisations to engage with the council

What advice will you give young women who are facing challenges in politics?

I will encourage them to be bold, calm and collected. Learn about politics before getting into it. Have a mentor within the party structure.

They should know their constituency very well and relate well with members of their constituency as well as community leaders.

Their success in politics also depends on money, every month I set aside 20 per cent of my salary to give welfare to people in my community.

So, what will you say to Nigerians in general?

To all Nigeria, good governance depends on our day to day actions and not just on the actions of few people elected to manage the affairs of government.

Get involved in governance; let your voice be heard. Change begins with us.

To women, take the steps. We are often limited by so many factors that directly or indirectly affect our lives. Believe in your dreams and take the necessary steps towards actualising those dreams, the world will not fall apart without you.

Credit: https://www.blueprint.ng/why-i-dumped-nursing-for-politics-abiodun-essiet/

The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021

The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 is coming! The report will focus on the progress and future challenges to deliver effective coverage and quality midwifery services. This will be the third State of the World’s Midwifery report. 

The SoWMy data 2021 will be collected via the WHO’s National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) data platform and now another set of data will be collected from the ICM Member Associations.

ICM and UNFPA ask that the Midwives’ Associations engage in and LEAD the collection of the data, with the support of the UNFPA Country offices where possible. All members can participate and there are no eligibility criteria except for the data to be valid.

We ask Member Associations to collect and submit the data via the survey. The survey has been divided into four shorter versions. There are a total of 82 questions. Don’t be discouraged! 

The SoWMy 2021 data will also be shared on a redesigned ICM Global Midwives Association Map.

The data collection starts NOW!

  1. Read the ICM – UNFPA official letter for the ICM Members on SoWMy report 2021
  2. Read the SoWMy Concept Note
  3. Follow the data collection and submission process described in the instructional document
  4. Check the data validation letter templates for each survey for later to be signed by the MoU and other relevant authorities
  5. Finally, find below the link to the online surveys
  6. The printed version of the 4 mini surveys can be found in the surveys

Deadline to submit the surveys: December 31, 2019