Speak Up Africa has partnered with the Children’s Investment Foundation Fund (CIFF), to create a bottom up demand in Tanzania, particularly by the rural poor, for midwives in local health facilities.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Africa Leads the Way: Global Advocacy Around Midwifery has been created to advocate for higher quality maternal healthcare, by means of better and increased midwife services. The project hopes to achieve lower maternal and child deaths due to education and support provided to mothers before, during, and after childbirth by skilled and knowledgeable midwives.
WHY DO WE CARE?
Midwives are an integral part of maternal healthcare, they provide valuable knowledge and are to mothers before, during and after childbirth. Every mother should benefit from midwife services; however, this is not the case. In Tanzania, there are only 4 midwives for every 10,000 women. In addition, midwifery education and on-the-job training re insufficient, impacting quality of care. Mothers in Tanzania do not expect to have the services of a qualified midwife, and midwives experience disrespect and discrimination in the work place and in the community.
WHAT ARE OUR OBJECTIVES?
- Increase the scope of the campaign from Tanzania to the entirety of Africa by 2020 by addressing policy issues at the government level, as well as knowledge, attitudes and practices at the community level.
- Increase retention of midwives, thus reducing the incidents of infant mortality and complications during childbirth and pregnancy.
- Provide detailed and sufficient training to midwives, such as training in infant resuscitation.
- Create awareness and help change perceptions of midwives in the community and the workplace, thus creating trust between patients and midwives.
- Hold governments accountable for providing necessary commodities and supplies.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO MEET THESE OBJECTIVES?
In order to achieve these objectives, SUA has secured co funding for the campaign and recruited celebrities, high level government officials and leaders. At the International Confederation of Midwives as part of their 31st Triennial Congress, SUA held a high-level health forum calling for urgent global policy reform and recognition of midwifery to help save millions of mothers and newborns around the world. It featured both H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki and former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.