Presentation Information

Iftikher Mahmood

Role of Midwives in Humanitarian Crisis

  • Speaker: Iftikher Mahmood , MD, FAAP
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Midwives are among the health professionals who provide care early during a humanitarian emergency and stay on for the long term. Women and children become significantly at risk of various reproductive morbidities during crises and are of greatest concern to midwives. Nurse midwives play an important role in women’s access to reproductive and maternal health services all over the world especially at the periphery of the health care system where there are no doctors. Midwives are more so needed in areas like Bangladesh where over 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas. To this end, the global community has a duty in the development of the midwifery profession. After all the nursing & midwifery philosophy of caring for individuals, families and communities in need places us in a better position to be actively involved with populations affected by crisis. Nurses and midwives are frontline workers and provide a wide range of health services, which include promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and supportive care to individuals, families and groups.