A new Somali midwifery curriculum for midwifery schools has been approved by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
The curriculum was recognised by the ICM as ‘adequately meeting globally accepted midwifery education standards.’
Students at Somali midwifery schools, which receive UNFPA supported training, will now receive midwifery training considered to be of international standards.
The UNFPA worked with Somali midwifery stakeholders to develop a curriculum that provides training of a high standard and within essential competencies.
UNFPA Somalia Midwifery Advisor, Emily Denness, said: “UNFPA Somalia led on the harmonization of the curriculum with international standards, while the stakeholder group led the structure and content of the curriculum ensuring relevance to the Somali context.
UNFPA Somalia has been supporting the training of midwives since 2011, along with community midwifery programs to reach families.
Before 2015, Somali community midwifery training had been lower than the international standards for students to be recognised as a fully qualified midwife.
To change this, the process began to help Somali midwifery training to become globally recognised.
Now, the curriculum has officially been approved by all Somali ministries of health as diploma level of midwifery training.
The curriculum has now been rolled out across all 15 midwifery training institutions in the country which will continue to be supported by the UNFPA and reviewed by the ICM.
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