Global Interventions Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education (AIME)
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Midwives educated to international standards could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths and 50 other outcomes. However, midwifery education and training in low- and middle-income countries is under-invested with wide variations in content and duration and mostly fails to meet international standards.

Our goal at the Center is to raise the quality of midwifery education and training across the globe by strengthening global curricula to ensure that they align with required competencies and encompass the latest scientific evidence and WHO recommendations as well as developing standardized assessment and accreditation tools for training facilities, trainers and graduates.

To that end, the Center has convened the Alliance to Improve Midwifery Education (AIME), a global alliance to improve quality sexual reproductive maternal newborn child adolescent health (SRMNCAH) services by prioritizing training, education and professionalization of midwives. Founding partners of AIME include: UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, ICM, LSTM, Jhpiego, USAID Momentum, Johnson & Johnson Foundation, and Laerdal Global Health.

Working with a consortium of partners including national governments and institutions, AIME is developing tools and knowledge products, carrying out cross-country research, and facilitating learning along three points in the midwifery education pathway:

  • Preservice and in-service education for midwives, auxiliary midwives and nurses – to strengthen the quality of midwifery education through standardized competency-based curriculum and training of midwifery educators, including advocacy training to create enabling environments for midwives to thrive
  • Preceptorships – to support newly qualified midwives in their transition to the workforce that include comprehensive training for preceptors and rotations for new midwives through all midwifery areas
  • Licensing and Relicensing – to improve policies and regulations for accreditation and licensing and provide opportunities for continuing professional development and skills expansion

Click on the map below to learn more about country-specific work and to access country-specific resources.

Working with NACM to advance an Indigenous-led strategy addressing health worker shortages and improving access to reproductive and maternal/newborn healthcare.
United States
Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels in the U.S. We are working to increase the number of midwives, especially in communities of color.
Partnering with UNFPA to strengthen professional midwifery and improve maternal health.
Partnering with UNFPA to recognize and strengthen obstetric nurses and midwives.
To help improve maternal health and sexual and reproductive health, the Center has partnered with UNFPA Colombia to promote a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health in targeted community and institutional settings.
Partnering with UNFPA to strengthen the capacities and role of professional midwives in sexual and reproductive healthcare.
An intercultural approach to sexual and reproductive education and healthcare.
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South Africa
Addressing the shortage of specialized nurses by providing bursary funding to financially needy students for post graduate midwifery and neo natal studies.
The Center has convened a mutual impact platform—the Nursing and Midwifery Alliance—to strengthen nursing/midwifery by helping to build capacity of 25 accredited institutions to deliver high quality and standardized curricula.
Builidng a center of excellence for nursing and midwifery and continuous professional development in collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Building a supportive and enabling environment for enhancing the competency of midwives.
Enhancing capacity of community-based midwives and improving standards of maternal and newborn care.
Building capacity of ethnic minority village midwives.

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