The organisation is now in the process of generating more input from midwives and nurses, before finalising the ‘Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2016-2020.
In the first draft, published online, WHO states that “Midwifery practice is the core function of midwives. Limitations in scope of practice for midwives, and gaps in inclusion of maternal health indicators in the national data systems have impeded the efforts to scale up programs [sic] nationally.
“However, recent studies show that midwives can provide 87% of the needed essential care for women and newborns, when educated and regulated at international standards.” 
The preparation of the draft has involved consultations with a group of midwifery and nursing experts and other stakeholders.
The WHO consultation is open to Members States of the WHO, institutions, networks, civil society groups, individuals and relevant organisations with an interest in human resources for health care.
Feedback must be submitted by January 5 2016.
A username and password is provided to access the online consultation here.
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