Dinner for Safe Motherhood on International Women's Day
The dinner was organised by the White Ribbon Alliance and AMREF Flying Doctors to raise awareness for Safe Motherhood both in The Netherlands and in countries where women are still dying during childbirth from preventable causes. AMREF Flying Doctors congratulated the Masai, a tribe in eastern Africa for eliminating Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) by changing the ritual for passage into womanhood. FMG has severe impacts on maternal health as it can cause prolonged or obstructed labour which may lead to neonatal and/or maternal mortality and morbidity such as vesico-vaginal fistula.
White Ribbon presented the White Ribbon Award to Jos Roosmalen for his championship in safe motherhood and midwives in The Netherlands. Jos is a professor of International Safe Motherhood at the Free University in Amsterdam and a retired consultant obstetrician from Leiden University Medical Center. He is a (co-)promotor of 15 Safe Motherhood theses. He is the Chairman of the Maternal Mortality Audit Committee of the Netherlands Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and one of the co-founders of the International Network for Obstetric Survey Systems.
ICM Chief Executive Frances Ganges (middle) surrounded by all midwives attending the WRNL dinner.
Photocredit: Frank Lips