The Canadian Association of Midwives partners with midwifery associations around the world. Our work focuses on mutual capacity building initiatives that aim to improve maternal, newborn and child health around the world. We invite you to learn more about our projects in each of the countries we work.
CAM partners with the Tanzanian Registered Midwives Association (TAMA) on multiple projects, including:
- Association building through peer to peer twinning and association-strengthening workshops.
- Development and delivery of Emergency Skills Training Curriculum in collaboration with Tanzanian colleagues.
- Support for ongoing negotiations with the Minister of Health of Tanzania regarding regulation of midwifery in Tanzania.
A new training in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) has been developed by midwives for midwives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The initiative, led by the national midwifery association – the Société Congolaise de la pratique sage-femme (SCOSAF) – uses evidence-based best practice and findings from a locally-conducted emergency skills gap analysis to target the training to the needs of midwives in the DRC.
CAM works with the Association des Sages-Femmes du Mali (ASFM) on association-strengthening through the sharing of strategic planning support and organizational development resources. CAM looks forward to partnering more closely with ASFM in the future.
In 2015, CAM was approached by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to partner with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on an existing project to strengthen midwifery education in the world’s newest country of South Sudan.
The Ethiopian Midwives Association, with over 3500 members, is a strong association that advocates for the profession of midwifery in Ethiopia. CAM is working to partner with EMA on education and regulation.
Since 2009, CAM has worked closely with l’Association des Infirmières Sages-Femmes d’Haïti (AISFH), the national midwifery association, to support of a long term plan aimed at strengthening the three pillars of quality maternal and newborn health care in the country – education, regulation and association. The Ghislain Francoeur Fund specifically supports CAM’s engagement with midwifery in Haiti.
Saj Fanm Pou Fanm
The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the Association des infirmières sages-femmes d’Haïti (AISFH) are partners in the Saj Fanm Pour Fanm project. This five (5) year (2018-2022) project is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The aim is to reduce maternal and infant mortality by improving women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health, namely by strengthening the role of midwifery.
The project will be mainly implemented in three areas of the country (Grande Anse, Sud-Est, Nippes and North West) with particular emphasis on reducing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls to make choices that respect their sexual and reproductive rights.
Within Canada, CAM supports global maternal, newborn and child health initiatives as an active partner of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH). In addition, CAM supports the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives as the voice of Aboriginal midwifery and in their work to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Canada.
In 2017, CAM will host the midwives of the world in Toronto at the 15th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. This Congress is an amazing opportunity for midwives from around the world to network with one another, improve their knowledge and skills, and be inspired and rejuvenated.