Déclarations de l'ICM
ICM | Joint Calls to Action: Protecting Midwives to Sustain Care for Women, Newborns + their Families in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has listened to its Member Associations in all regions, and accounts from the midwives working on the frontlines during this pandemic are harrowing, unveiling an increase in gender discrimination, domestic violence, human rights abuses, the over-medicalisation of birth and fear and misinformation, all culminating in growing distress among women and midwives.
ICM, in partnership with UNFPA, is uniting in solidarity with our global midwifery workforce to launch a series of calls to action for governments, decision makers, donors and health institutions to ensure the protection of midwives, women and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to access the full statement, and please circulate widely within your networks.
Click here to read our full statement calling for governments to provide personal protective equipment to midwives.
We at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), in solidarity with the 143 Midwives’ Associations we represent, stand in support of our long-time partner, the World Health Organization (WHO) as this vital, global institution experiences drastic and unprecedented funding suspension. Click here to read and share our full English statement.
La Confédération internationale des sages-femmes (ICM), en solidarité avec les 143 associations de sages-femmes qu'elle représente, soutient son partenaire de longue date, l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), alors que cette institution mondiale vitale subit une suspension de financement radicale et sans précédent. Cliquez ici pour lire et partager notre déclaration complète en français.
La Confederación Internacional de Matronas (ICM), en solidaridad con las 143 Asociaciones de Matronas que representamos, apoyamos a nuestro socio de siempre, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), ya que esta institución vital y global experimenta una suspensión de fondos drástica y sin precedentes. Haga clic aquí para leer y compartir nuestra declaración completa en español.
Ressources pour les sages-femmes et autres prestataires de soins de maternité
Information pour les femmes enceintes
Click here to access the Public Health Department of England's social distancing guidelines, including guidance for those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus, such as pregnant women.
JGHS | Where do Women Birth During a Pandemic? Changing Perspectives on Safe Motherhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, health systems all over the world are either stressed to their maximum capacity or anticipating becoming overwhelmed. The population is advised not to attend hospital unless strictly necessary, yet this advice seems to apply to all but healthy women during childbirth. Click here to read more.
This video demonstrates how mothers with Covid can safely breastfeed, providing their newborn with the best source of nutrition and protection to survive and thrive. Produced by PMNCH with technical guidance from WHO and in collaboration with Medical Aid Films and Studio Eeksuarus.
Click here to access the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal College of Midwives’ Q&A on general information and advice for all pregnant women during the coronavirus pandemic.
Clcik here to find updated advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for pregnant women who are working in the NHS and other work settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Click here for guidance on whether it should be recommended that women wear face-coverings or facemasks during labour and birth.
As a new UK study revealed that 55% of women admitted to hospital with coronavirus were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a campaign to offer greater support and advice. Click here for more information.
UNFPA (Spanish) | En la Medida en que Sigue Propagándose el COVID-19, se Aconseja a las Mujeres Embarazadas y Lactantes que Tomen Precauciones
Pregnancy is a special time full of excitement and anticipation. But for expectant mothers facing the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fear, anxiety and uncertainty are clouding this otherwise happy time. To learn more about how women can protect themselves and their little one, UNICEF spoke with ICM President, Franka Cadée. Click here to read the full article.
WHO (French) | Alors que le Covid-19 se Propage, les Femmes Enceintes et Allaitantes Doivent Prendre leurs Précautions
In this resource, the WHO provides the most up-to-date information on commonly asked questions surrounding COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
WHO (Spanish) | Preguntas Frecuentes Sobre la COVID-19, el Embarazo, el Parto y la Lactancia Materna
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Ressources sur le Covid-19, le genre et la SSR
The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented strains on health care systems, including inpatient and outpatient, emergency care and surgical services. Regardless of these constraints, women will always need sexual and reproductive healthcare, including access to safe abortions.
Read FIGO's full statement calling for abortion access and safety during COVID-19 here.
Refugee settlements are usually densely populated, the people live in crowded tents/communities, with unresponsive public health infrastructure, as well as daily and frequent mobility between settlements and urban zones for work. It is also unlikely that they will have decent washing facilities. As a result, COVID-19 outbreak can spread quickly; affecting mainly women and girls' sexual and reproductive health.
Click here to read FIGO's full statement and call for interventions.
Guttmacher Institute | Crisis on the Horizon: Devastating Losses for Global Reproductive Health Are Possible Due to COVID-19
Every year, nearly 700 million women access modern contraceptive methods, over 90 million give birth in a health facility, and tens of millions access safe abortion services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) all around the world. However, in the midst of this pandemic, bad policies and structural barriers may contribute to many people losing access to these essential services. Click here to learn more.
IAWG | Progmatic Guidance for Sexual and Reproductive Health In Humanitarian and Fragile Setting During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises created this resource to provide programmatic guidance for decision making on sexual and reproductive health, including maternal and newborn health services, in fragile and humanitarian settings in face of threat or reality of COVID-19.
Global responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are converging with pervasive, existing sexual and reproductive health and justice inequities to disproportionately impact the health, wellbeing, and economic stability of women, girls, and vulnerable populations. Learn more about this issue here.
This article from the Lancet outlines the importance of incorporating a gender analysis into preparedness and response efforts during a health outbreak to improve the effectiveness of health interventions and promote gender and health equity goals.
UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is working to ensure that accurate information is provided to women of reproductive age and pregnant women on infection precautions, potential risks and how to seek timely medical care. The organization has prepared this statement on the topic.
RCCE + UN Women | How to Include Marginalized and Vulnerable People in Risk Communication and Community Engagement
This guide, led by UN Women and The Regional Risk Communication and Community Engagement, outlines populations at disproportionate risk in public health emergencies, and key implications for risk communication and community engagement.
This resource from WHO and Human Reproduction Programme outlines what the health sector/systems can do to address violence against women during the COVID-19 response.
Click here to access this resource on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality during COVID-19.
Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. This resource from the United Nations outlines the impact of COVID-19 on women.