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The Importance of Midwives in Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for a discussion on the role that midwives play in achieving UHC. The event will highlight the barriers to UHC, the contribution of midwives to sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, and strategies to fill the service gaps worldwide.

Date & Time

Mar. 6, 2020
9:30am – 11:00am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Importance of Midwives in Achieving Universal Health Coverage

The World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Today, 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives globally deliver more than 80% of health care in low resource settings and account for more than half of the world’s health care workforce. The world, however, requires more than 9 million additional nurses and midwives to achieve the ambitious target of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all by 2030 set through the Sustainable Development Goals. Midwifery care is a central component of UHC affecting women, their babies, and their entire communities.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for a discussion on the role that midwives play in achieving UHC. The event will highlight the barriers to UHC, the contribution of midwives to sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, and strategies to fill the service gaps worldwide.  


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Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more

Global Risk and Resilience Program

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more

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