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Advocacy Approaches to Promote Midwives and the Profession of Midwifery
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Author(s): Tamara Windau-Melmer

Primary Language: English

Date: 9/25/2013

Abstract:

With support from the USAID-funded Health Policy Project, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA) is striving to promote midwifery and improve midwives' working conditions by (1) influencing policymakers, (2) involving the media, (3) engaging youth, (4) mobilizing the community, and (5) strengthening the capacity of midwives as advocates at the global, national, and local levels. This brief demonstrates how advocacy approaches can lead to a more supportive environment for midwives and ultimately better maternity care and birth outcomes. Advocates need to inform policymakers of the priority issues needing their attention and the steps necessary to improve midwifery. The brief includes a number of examples for advocates to learn from and include in their advocacy strategies. It also provides an opportunity for WRA to share advocacy learning and models with global partners to foster continued and additional advocacy efforts that are needed to further position midwifery as a central component of integrated maternal and newborn health systems.  


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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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