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Speech by MEC, Dr Magome Masike during the international midwive's day celebration event held in Mafikeng

Programme Director, Acting HOD, Dr Andrew Robinson, Chief Director for Strategic Health Programmes, Mme Nomsa Mmope and other Executive Managers present, Programme Managers and officials other Department, All the Midwives who are here from various institutions and districts, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,

Dumelang Bagaetsho!

The International Day of the Midwife was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the worldwhich we are here to celebrate is quite a significant addition to the global health calendar. Midwives around the world take to the road to highlight maternal mortality

According to the District Health Information System (DHIS), 26 January 2011, both the maternal and infants mortality rates are now decreasing with the maternal mortality ratio at 128/100k to the target of 130/100k, and the stillbirth rate 20/1000k to the target of 25/1000k. Regular maternal morbidity and mortality outreach workshops are ongoing in all the districts, creating awareness of the avoidable causes of maternal death and reinforcing best practices
This year the ICM is asking member associations, midwives and their supporters around the world to take to the streets on the International Day of the Midwife 5 May 2011. We are asking national associations and local services to organise a 5km walk in their local communities to build commitment to tackling global inequalities in maternal and newborn mortality and to highlight local issues in midwifery service provision.
Over 340,000 women die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability as a result of preventable maternal causes. The ICM, alongside UN agencies, WHO and a range of other international partners, is committed to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity through greater access to essential midwifery care worldwide, particularly in developing countries where 90% of maternal deaths occur.
This 5km walk is the first stage of the road to Durban where midwives from around the world will gather at the ICM Triennial Congress and help us ensure that global commitments to midwifery remain firmly on the agenda.

ICM has developed an information pack to help midwives around the world to raise awareness of midwifery issues, plan and promote local activities and provide ideas for celebrating the International Day of the Midwife 2011



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