Seed Sponsors Midwifery Conference in Zambia

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Seed Global Health joined together with the Midwives Association of Zambia, Ministry of Health Zambia, and UNFPA to sponsor the 6th Annual Midwifery Scientific Conference on May 4, 2023 in Lusaka, Zambia in honor of the International Day of the Midwife. The conference was themed “Together Again: From Evidence to Reality” and served as a welcome, in-person opportunity to share and discuss midwifery research from around Zambia and how it can be applied to clinical settings.  

Midwives Association of Zambia President and Seed Global Health Zambia Clinical Education Advisor Dr. Sarah Ngoma (right) and Seed Global Health Zambia Country Director Bassim Birkland (left) attended the conference.

Seed supported 40 participants to attend and present at the conference, including midwifery students, practicing midwives, and Lusaka College of Nursing and Midwifery (LUCON) faculty.

The Ministry of Health Director of Clinical Services Dr. Alex Makupe was a guest of honor and opened the conference by calling on all stakeholders to reduce maternal deaths in Zambia through apprenticeship and clinical mentorship (also a key aim of Seed). Dr. Makupe shared that Zambia had 752 maternal deaths in 2022 and stated that the number was unacceptably high.

Ministry of Health Director of Clinical Services and Lusaka Provincial Health Director listen to Seed-trained midwives demonstrate the use of Seed-donated training mannequins (the mannequins were donated to LUCON and Matero Hospital). 

Dr. Makupe praised Seed’s work and expressed the desire to see even more partnerships to strengthen midwifery training in Zambia. 

Learn more about our work in Zambia.


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