"More than 22,000 people in 31 countries are marching for midwifery to commemorate International Day of the Midwife this year. The International Confederation of Midwives has asked member associations, midwives and their supporters around the world to take to the streets on and around 5 May 2011 to raise awareness and build commitments toward tackling global inequalities in maternal and newborn mortality and to highlight local issues in midwifery service provision."
Message from ICM President, Bridget Lynch
WHO message from ADG Dr Flavia Bustreo
"Assistant Director-General of Family and Community Health, (World Health Organization) released a statement promoting the significant impact of midwives on efforts to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 and the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health: “As presented in the upcoming The State of the World’s Midwifery report, the role of midwives is acknowledged as being crucial to addressing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, to promoting women’s and children’s health. Midwives should be key partners in making health services more responsive to the needs of women and communities.”