The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Tamara Windau-Melmer
Primary Language: English
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.