The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for collaborative efforts toward greater investments to increase the number of midwives in Liberia. The specialized UN Agency also wants to enhance the quality reach of the services Liberians midwives. “Strong political commitment and investment in midwives are needed to save millions of lives every year,” said Ms. Shelly Wright, UNFPA Program Associate, in a statement she delivered on May 22 at the 9th graduation ceremony of the Midwifery Training Program Southeastern Region held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County. Forty two students graduated.According to the UNFPA Program Associate, the need for strong health systems and sufficient health workers has been highlighted by the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, yea the West Africa sub-region, where pregnant women struggled to find available health services to ensure safe delivery. “UNFPA is expanding midwifery services through the Mano River Midwifery Response to support resilient health systems in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia;” Ms. Wright stated.According to her, evidence shows that midwives, who are educated and regulated to international standards, can provide 87 percent of the essential care needed by women and their newborns. She said UNFPA would continue to support midwifery and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all women. “Today, UNFPA funds more than 250 midwifery schools with books, training equipment and trained faculty, and has help trained over 15,000 midwives globally”; she added. Ms. Wright urged the graduates to always conform to the ethics and standards of midwifery practice in the execution of their duties. “Practice professionally, and be respectful to one another as members of the health care team; also be kind and passionate toward your patients; especially women and their families because it is for this purpose that you have been trained,” she further told them. “You are advocates for your clients and hope at the time of need. Do not put personal gains before duty; keep your knowledge and skills updated frequently. Do not be afraid or too proud to say ‘I don’t know’ to prevent people from thinking that you know when you don’t. This is dangerous to the life of your clients. Ask if in doubt and never reject the call to work in rural areas. That is where the greatest health needs are. It is in the rural areas where you will improve your skills best and also make a great difference to the lives of expectant mothers, children and ill adults. In her keynote address, the president of the Liberia Midwifery Association, Mrs. Lucy Barh, called on the newly trained midwives to always be the service of the people. “Midwifery is a unique profession. I want you to be passionate about this profession and put the wellbeing of your clients — pregnant women and their newborns at the heart of your service,” Mrs. Barh urged the graduates.She called for greater investment in training more midwives in Liberia; providing better job incentives and career ladder for them.The Midwifery Training Program Southeastern Region was established in 1983 by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from partners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Things have not been going our way but I still believe that we can get things together. We only need that win to boost our confidence and that is what we want to do with the Nairobi Stima match,” stand-in coach Tom Juma told Capital Sport.However, AFC Leopards who won the Shield in 2013 will find a potential banana skin in Nairobi Stima who are flying high in the National Super League, currently placed second on 35 points, same as leaders Vihiga United but with an inferior goal difference.Juma concedes it will not be a walk in the park against the second tier side, but holds solace in the fact that his boys are hungry for a win especially to ease pressure off their backs.“Nairobi Stima is a good team and I have watched them play. We should not take that match for granted and I have told the players as well that we cannot afford to relax. They have players with Premier League experience and it will not be easy,” Juma added.AFC Leopards’ midfielder Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Nzoia Sugar’s Victor Omondi in a Kenyan Premier League match on April 1, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC Leopards progressed to the second round courtesy of a 15-1 hiding they gave Siaya based side Dero FC in the first round, but Juma will not be dwelling much on that, instead choosing to put his concentration on switching off Stima.“For us, we don’t look at the opponent. We are taking a match at a time and giving it the seriousness it deserves. We can’t even talk of winning the title despite the fact it has been almost four years without any. It is a step at a time,” Juma noted.Stima are on a run of 14 unbeaten matches since their 2-0 loss to Ushuru FC on March 26. From the 14 games, they have picked 10 wins and four draws, conceding only two goals in the process.The side led by former Kenyan international Ibrahim Shikanda boasts of an experienced side. Ivan Anguyo, Joseph Shikokoti, Evans Maliachi, Cain Okeyo and Victor Omune, a former AFC Leopards man, are among the ex-KPL faces in the squad.Heading into the Mumias fixture, Ingwe have been dealt a major blow with four first team players missing with injury.Defender Marcus Abwao, a former Nairobi Stima player, Salim Abdallah as well as midfielders Allan Katterega and Whyvonne Isuza have all been out nursing injuries and will not be fit enough to walk into the pitch on Saturday.Juma, who is warming the seat for the imminent arrival of Robert Matano next week, least worried that the absence of the four will lean them off favor for the tie.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans wondering what went wrong after seeing their team thrashed 3-0 at home by bitter rivals Gor Mahia in Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Nayo National Stadium on 7th May, 2017.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6- They might have taken their GOtv Shield second round home tie against Nairobi Stima to their ‘traditional home ground’ in Mumias for a touch of good luck just to get their mojo back, but AFC Leopards desperately need a win.Ingwe have not won over the last eight Kenyan Premier League matches and find themselves dropping down the pecking order but in the GOtv Shield they have a perfect chance of redeeming themselves.