ZUNMO / MAZ and other stakeholders to commemorate IDM

The Zambia Union of Nurses and Midwives (ZUNMO) joined the Midwives Association of Zambia (MAZ) and various stakeholders to mark International Midwives Day.

At a national event held in Solwezi, Northwestern Province, Dr. Christopher Simoonga, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration, emphasized the government’s efforts to enhance midwifery services.

MoH Permanent Secretary for Administration Dr. Christopher Simoonga (in yellow) during the flag off of the International Day of the Midwife in Solwezi

He noted that these efforts include reinforcing midwife recruitment and ensuring the availability of essential medications for maternal and neonatal health care.

Dr. Simoonga’s remarks were prompted by a plea from MAZ President, Ms. Sarah Ngoma, for increased midwife recruitment and improved working conditions.

The 2024 International Midwives Day was observed under the theme, ‘Midwives: A Vital Climate Solution’.

Mr. Fray Michelo, President of ZUNMO, encouraged midwives nationwide, highlighting the theme’s emphasis on the crucial connection between midwifery and environmental well-being.

He praised midwives as not just caregivers but also stewards of the environment, citing their dedication to holistic care for the health and safety of mothers and babies.

Mr. Michelo affirmed ZUNMO’s commitment to supporting midwives in their pivotal role as advocates for climate solutions, leveraging their professional and union mandate.

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