The PUSH Campaign and its partners invite you to attend, Local and Sustainable Healthcare Models: Midwives for the Future, a virtual event taking place alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, Sept 27th at 16:00 CET.

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What role do #midwives play in developing sustainable healthcare models?

Why is understanding cultural practices so crucial when providing maternal and newborn care, and why does it become even more important during a crisis like COVID19?

Midwives working in full scope of practice in communities as primary health practitioners are best placed to understand the cultural norms and  needs of women and communities during times of uncertainty such as the COVID-19 pandemic and as we continue to manage the gendered impact of the climate crisis. 

Too often, the response of governments and health facilities to crisis situations is to overlook the importance of strong primary health services in communities and how these services can more effectively reach community members. At its core, the community-based care model embodies trust and accessibility, and is focused on prevention and education as opposed to crises and disease management. As the State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 underscores, there is a global need to strengthen this model and strengthen midwifery as a primary health service to reduce the impact of future pandemics and other threats to centralised and facility-based maternity services.

This panel discussion will bring together midwives and health experts from around the world to examine and exemplify why midwives and community-based models of care represent a sustainable path toward stronger health systems. Hosted by Franka Cadée, President of the International Confederation of Midwives, panelists will explore the intrinsic connection between resilience and midwifery and why governments should look to midwives and their continuity of care model for guidance in preparing against future health threats, and ensuring more sustainable maternity services in the long term.


Franka Cadée


Franka Cadée is serving her second term as the President of the International Confederation of Midwives. Previously, she served on the ICM Board as treasurer (2002-2008) and on the ICM Council as a KNOV Delegate (2008 -2017). Franka is an expert on sexual and reproductive healthcare in general and midwifery in particular, with over 30 years of strategy and policy development, advocacy, leadership, research and project management experience.

Kate Gilmore


Kate Gilmore is a Visiting Professor-in-Practice with the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow with the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  She is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Vice-Chair of Interpeace’s governing board. Kate was formerly  the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and, prior to that, UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Programmes with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Daniela Drandić


Daniela Drandić is a researcher, author, educator and human rights advocate who uses all these tools in the movement to improve quality in maternity services and access to midwifery care in Croatia and globally. Daniela holds a masters degree in maternal and infant health.

Neha Mankani


Neha Mankani is a public health practitioner and a midwife with 12 years of experience in maternal in reproductive health. She is the founder of the Mama Baby Fund; a financial emergency fund for maternal and neonatal health in Pakistan. She currently works at the Global Health Directorate of the Indus Health Network where she is setting up and managing midwifery schools and clinics and other maternal health programs at the network’s primary care sites. Neha is part of ICM’s Young Midwifery Leaders (YML) programme.

Angela Nguku


Angela Nguku is the Founder and Executive Director of the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya, a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights. A graduate midwife and an accomplished thought leader, Angela’s’ career spans over 16 years of dedicated work towards ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths globally and amplifying the voices of marginalized and vulnerable populations in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.

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