Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict
 Washington – There were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the Coalition reported 701 such instances. The Coalition’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers and guards, in violation of international norms and i...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

IntraHealth ’s Jeanne Tessougué of Mali Honored as Heroine of Health during World Health Assembly
May 22, 2019Women in Global Health honored IntraHealth International ’sJeanne Tessougu é as a Heroine of Health Sunday during the 72nd annual World Health Assembly in Geneva. Tessougu é was one of seven women honored for their leadership in improving health care and advancing gender equality. The annual Heroines of Health awardshighlight women ’s major contributions to the global health care industry. Women currently hold 70% of jobs in the industry and contribute nearly $3 trillion to the health and social sectors,according to Women in Global Health, yet comprise a small percentage of global...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Mali Mali Human Resources for Health Strengthening Activity World Health Assembly Health Workforce & Systems Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Home News With Coffee Ceremony and Midwives, Mums Get a Happy Start in Rural Ethiopia
[UNFPA] When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 20, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Delegation of Liberian Nursing, Midwifery Board Visits Ghana
[Ghanaian Times] A four-member delegation from the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) has visited Ghana to understudy the operations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to strengthen its system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Liberian Nursing and Midwifery Board Learns From N & MC Ghana
[Ghana Govt.] The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana welcomed a delegation from its sister body, the Liberian Nursing and Midwifery Board for a weeklong understudy programme here in Accra, in a bid to help improve on Nursing and Midwifery services back in Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

IHS: American Indians Into Nursing
The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces new and continuing funding for the American Indians into Nursing Program, which is intended to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) to become registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. IHS plans to issue 5 awards to accredited nursing schools, Tribally controlled post-secondary institutions, and nurse practitioner and nurse midwife programs. Applications are due June 20, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 16, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Major conference will 'celebrate Florence Nightingale's legacy'
Nurses and midwives will be given the opportunity to help transform global health and care, as part of an international conference to be held next year to coincide with the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale ’s birth, it has been announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict (2018)
Source: Safeguarding Health in Conflict. Published: 5/15/2019. In 2018, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition documented 973 attacks on health care in 23 countries in conflict, which are discussed in this 35-page report. The report documents attacks against vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, patients, community volunteers, and drivers and guards, in violation of longstanding human rights and humanitarian law norms to protect and respect health care in conflict. It discusses violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which posed a great threat to containing the spread of the Ebola vi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2018 a Year of Dangerous Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities
May 14, 2019 WashingtonThere were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the  Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the coalition reported 701 such instances.The coalition ’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers, and guards, in violation of international norms an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Conference to highlight power of nursing in public health
The vital role of nurses and midwives in improving public health globally will be placed under the spotlight at a major conference in the North West of England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tool helps GPs predict risk of epilepsy seizures in pregnancy
Free calculator helps identify women at high risk of seizure, and inform their care and drug management Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give antibiotic after operative vaginal birth to cut infection rates
Almost halves risk of infection and reduces visits to GPs and midwives – especially after episiotomy Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Older fathers a risk to health of partners and unborn children
Men should be counselled on risks linked to paternal age Related items fromOnMedica Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Obese couples take longer to achieve pregnancy Patients face postcode lottery for IVF, new data shows Doctors and midwives welcome clear alcohol advice Doubled use of ICSI did not improve outcomes in US (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwives support call to roll out baby bereavement pathway
A new beareavement care pathway for pregnacy and baby loss “must” be rolled out nationally, according to a report, but midwives have warned that funding should be invested into their training to support the move.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 10, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Africa: Why Midwives Should Stand Up and Fight for Women's Rights
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 8, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Warning that record rise in nursing workforce is 'drop in ocean'
The number of nurses and midwives in the UK workforce has hit an all-time high thanks in part to an  unprecedented surge in overseas registrants from outside Europe, new figures reveal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Newborns at a higher risk of illness and death even if given a 'normal health' score at birth
Midwives assess a baby's health condition in the first ten minutes of life. A score of seven and above on a ten-point scale is seen as 'normal range'. But Swedish researchers found they are still at risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drastic action needed to stop nurse and midwife exodus, says UNISON
Commenting on new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published today (Wednesday) on the numbers of nurses and midwives leaving or joining its register, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The referendum result has made many EU nationals feel unwelcome. It’s no surprise nurses and midwives think they’ll be better off elsewhere. Not enough has been done to reassure European workers that they’ll have rights, jobs and a future after Brexit. “The small rise in the number of home-grown nurses is heading in the right direction, but it’s a drop in the ocean compa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release Midwives nursing and midwifery council nursing shortages Source Type: news

Pre-pregnancy BMI more strongly linked to risk than weight gain
Healthy pre-pregnancy BMI might be more important than controlling gestational weight gain Related items fromOnMedica Doctors demand action on drinking in pregnancy Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness Doctors and midwives welcome clear alcohol advice (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Africa: Home News Midwives - Defenders of Human Rights
[UNFPA] Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem for the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2019 (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 7, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Tanzania: State Pledges Recruitment of More Midwives
[Daily News] THE government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to hire more competent midwives in the health delivery systems as it struggles to bridge the gap of over 52,000 midwives, countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 7, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Midwives not supported 'adequately' after reporting sexual harassment
Female midwives who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace do not receive adequate support from their supervisors, according to latest survey findings. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwife reveals home births are possibly 'safer' than hospital deliveries
Leah Hazard, who appeared on Lorraine to speak about her new book, ‘Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s story,' revealed how a home birth can be 'safer' than a hospital delivery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS will offer mothers the same named midwife until birth
The NHS has announced it is doubling funding to £40 million this year for maternity services.It means expectant mothers across the UK can access the same team of midwives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Day of the Midwife: 5 things you should know
Why are midwives important? What impact have they had on mothers ’ and babies’ health? As the United Nations celebrates midwives across the world on Sunday, here are five things you should know about the critical role they play in communities. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHS chief pays tribute to midwives on his return to maternity ward
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has returned to the hospital where one of his children was born to pay tribute to midwifes to coincide with International Day of the Midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

No mountain too high: Midwives protect women, save lives
YAKAWLANG/SANGTAKHAT, Afghanistan –Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor.And their work can require them to confront attitudes that harm women ’s health and demean their status and value.This courageous work is being celebrated on 5 May, theInternational Day of the Midwife.  Soghra and Nabila are two such heroes. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Video: Students reflect on their journey to becoming a nurse
At a glittering awards ceremony last week student nurses and midwives told  Nursing Times about their journey into the profession so far and highlighted why others should consider joining it. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC appoints finance experts to oversee investment policy
Two independent members have been appointed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s investment committee as part of work to keep registrant fees the same price, it has been announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Damning inquiry finds Cwm Taf midwives at 'breaking point'
Maternity services at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board have been placed in special measures after an independent review heard “shocking” accounts of poor care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 1, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ethiopia: With Coffee Ceremony and Midwives, Mums Get a Happy Start in Rural Ethiopia
[UNFPA] Basoliben -When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 29, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

With coffee ceremony and midwives, mums get a happy start in rural Ethiopia
BASOLIBEN, Ethiopia – When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility.  Yet she lived in Ethiopia ’s rural Amhara Region, 31 km from the nearest health centre. For her safety, she spent the weeks leading up to her due date at a UNFPA-supported ‘maternity waiting home’ close to the health centre. Such waiting homes offer nutritious meals, close monitoring by health workers, and quick access to skilled birth attendance when the baby arrives.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

SwitchPoint 2019: Day 2
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalApril 26, 2019There ’s no stopping the changes coming to the development sector. But let’s be smart about them.Sometimes,Dai Hozumi says, innovation sucks.“We’re in sort of an innovation fever these days,” IntraHealth International’s chief technical officer said to the crowd today in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. “It’s one of the most common words I’ve heard here at SwitchPoint. As an MD, I have the right to diagnose your symptoms and I’m telling you, you have innovation fever.”It ’s ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: SwitchPoint Source Type: news

Scottish midwives 'need resources' to tackle preterm birth problem
The increasing proportion of babies in Scotland born preterm is a “cause for concern”, the country’s chief medical officer has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ongoing concerns over fairness and transparency of NMC cases
The nursing and midwifery regulator has made progress but is still failing to meet key standards in its handling of fitness to practise cases, according to its latest annual performance report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fertility clinics 'exploiting' older women
Regulator says some clinics use selective success rates to target potential customers Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nottingham midwife saves best friend's life
Aimee Summers recognised the signs of a potentially fatal blood clot and gave emergency first aid. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Midwives in Yorkshire trained to run hypnobirthing sessions
A team of midwives in Hull have undergone hypnobirthing training as part of an initiative to increase choice around giving birth. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS midwives teaching clinical staff in Liberia to improve care
Two midwives who travelled to Africa to teach medical staff new skills have described their trip as a “privilege”, after they witnessed the “challenging circumstances” and “limited resources” that staff in Liberia are faced with. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 17, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call from RCM to end bullying and harassment of NHS staff
Words must be turned into action to eradicate bullying and harassment affecting midwifery and neonatal staff, the Royal College of Midwives has said ahead of a congress held in Scotland this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds
In South Sudan, midwives sharply bring down maternal deaths despite immense odds (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Skills passport and preceptorship framework for London midwives
A programme has been launched to develop a range of products to support London ’s midwives as they begin their career, including a skills passport and a preceptorship framework. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 11, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Once in a generation opportunity to put younger workers at the heart of our union’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference today welcomed moves to better recruit, represent and include young members. As Shipha Begum of the Young Members Forum (above) told the conference: “We’re not the future of the union – we’re right here, right now, getting active, getting organised and building the union. “And we want to make sure that all our colleagues in the NHS and across the health sector are right beside us.” The TUC has highlighted the fact that less than 8% of workers aged 16-24 are in a union, while almost 40% of union members are aged 50 or over. Like the TUC, UNISO...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care Year of Young Workers young members Source Type: news

Funding needed to make Northern Irish perinatal pledge a reality
Nursing and midwifery leaders in Northern Ireland have called for urgent investment in perinatal mental health services to address the “gross inequality” facing mothers in the region. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 10, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing associates a ‘ fantastic addition ’ to the NHS team
Andrea Sutcliffe (right) with UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea in Bournemouth The chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has praised the hundreds of health workers who have so far become registered as nursing associates. Speaking to UNISON’s health conference yesterday, Andrea Sutcliffe said: “The pride they have in their job is tangible. It drips out of their fingertips. And they are a fantastic addition to the team that is looking after people across the health service in England.” Ms Sutcliffe also paid tribute to UNISON for its help in developing the regu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference NHS one team for patient care Source Type: news

Nursing associate apprenticeship updated to align with NMC
The nursing associate apprenticeship standard has been updated to align with the expectations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC calls for views to shape new five-year strategy
The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has called on health professionals to help shape the future direction of the regulator. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safe staffing a ‘ vital ’ campaign for NHS ’ s frontline staff
The lack of safe staffing on wards and in ambulances is putting patients and staff at risk, UNISON’s health conference heard today. Once again in Bournemouth delegates were told about an aspect of members’ working lives that was causing stress and anxiety, which in turn was leading to people leaving their jobs and even more understaffing. James Anthony (pictured) of the health service group executive said that nurses in hospitals and community settings must be prepared to stand together “and where necessary take industrial action to defend patient care and safe staffing.” Speaking on the motion &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care NHS staff safe staffing Source Type: news

Hospital staff say patient meals not fit to eat
More than half of hospital staff in England wouldn’t eat food served to patients because it’s unhealthy and of poor quality, according to a survey by UNISON published today (Wednesday). Many NHS employees and those working for private firms, including nurses, porters and those in administrative roles, also reveal nutritious meals aren’t available to buy at work, especially when on night shifts. No free drinking water, poor food-preparation facilities or meals unsuitable for their dietary or religious needs were among other top complaints from more than 300 staff across England. The findings highlight the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health conference NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news