UNFPA Announces Forthcoming 2014 Edition of State of the World’s Midwifery report

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UNFPA has announced that the second edition the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) report will be launched in June 2014 at the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives: Midwives – Improving Women’s Health Globally.


SoWMy 2014 will provide data on the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of midwifery services. It will also reveal service gaps and highlight the needs for future health workforce and health systems to ensure that all women and families have access to quality midwifery care.

The report will be launched at – in Prague, Czech Republic from 1 to 5 June 2014. Other national launch events will also take place around the world.

The second edition is a joint effort coordinated by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO), on behalf of the H4+ (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank), and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), to describe the state of the midwifery workforce, including its challenges and progresses. This effort will facilitate and support the national dialogue on investing in human resources for the health of women and children and will engage international, regional, national, and local partners supporting the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child campaign.