Oladayo Afolabi wins International Young Midwives Contest

Dr Murtala Muhammed Scholarship recipient Oladayo Afolabi wins trip to Prague to take part in the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
Date: 20th March 2014

Oladayo Afolabi from Nigeria is on a winning streak. A recent scholarship winner studying MSc Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, Oladayo has just won a trip to attend the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). The Congress, titled ‘Midwives: Improving Women’s Health Globally’, will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 1-5 June and will facilitate sharing best practise, education, research and support on a global scale within the area of midwifery.

Everyday around the globe midwives save lives. They provide high-quality reproductive health care, including abortion, to women in their communities. Their role is so important the International Confederation of Midwives has included abortion-related care as an essential competency for basic midwifery practice.

Oladayo entered the contest with an essay documenting his experience with reproductive health rights and why comprehensive abortion skill is a basic competency for all midwives to reduce deaths caused by unsafe abortions in Africa. The contest received submissions from all over the world and Oladayo came first out of the six winners selected.

Oladayo says "I am so delighted about emerging as one of the six winners of this essay contest and I am looking forward to the conference. I know becoming an international youth voice in midwifery will be challenging but this will equip me better to contribute to the saving of lives of myriads of women and children who die from childbirth-related causes in Africa."

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