Maternal and Newborn Health
Development of a Global Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme
The nursing and medical education is highly regulated in the majority of countries worldwide. However, midwifery education (including theoretical and practical training) is far less regulated, potentially impacting on the varying quality of midwifery education provided. The UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery Report (2011) estimated an overall shortage of 350’000 midwives globally. The need of more midwives is also acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (WHO), stating that more midwives are needed in order to improve maternal and newborn survival. While the number of practicing midwives needs to be increased, it is of great importance to ensure that the education of midwives is of highest quality and meets international standards. The provision of midwifery education of highest quality has tremendous impact not only on the work force performance and quality of services provided, but also on the lives of women, their newborns and their families as a whole.
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has mandated the Swiss TPH to develop a global Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme (MEAP) to allow for the assessment of a midwifery (pre-registration) education program and certification meeting international standards developed by ICM.