CAM-Global

CAM BELIEVES that midwives play a unique and  fundamental role in promoting sexual health and  reproductive rights, and in the provision of quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn health care – both in Canada, and internationally. We support
sustainable development goals and feminist international assistance policy by investing in a world where every adolescent, adult and newborn will have access to that care – care that can save lives.

MISSION
CAM works with partners in low and middle-income  countries to strengthen the profession of midwifery, in order to empower women and girls and improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes. We accomplish our work using a feminist, human-rights,
evidence- and results-based approach.

DONORS Global Affairs Canada, Sanofi Espoir

PROJECT PARTNERS UNFPA, CUSO, JHPIEGO, AMREF ASSOCIATION PARTNERS South Sudan Association of Nurses and Midwives, Tanzania Midwives Association, Société congolaise de la pratique sage-femme, Association des infirmières sages-femmes en Haïti, Ethiopian Midwives Association, Association des sages-femmes du Bénin

Three Pillars

Association Strengthening

A STRONG MIDWIFERY association is able to provide professional support and continued learning opportunities to its members, contribute to national policy development, and support relationships with other healthcare professions. To support stronger midwifery associations and to advocate for the crucial role of midwives in sexual and reproductive health services, for gender equity through gender mainstreaming, CAM collaborates on mutual capacity building initiatives with other midwifery association
partners around the globe.

Advocacy

A STRONG and competent midwifery workforce rests upon innovative, up-to-date, and evidence-based education.  CAM works in partnership with local universities and educators to strengthen midwifery education through curriculum development, training manuals, and technical support

Promotion Of Excellence

IN ORDER TO ENSURE that in-service midwives  in low- and middle-income countries continue to  provide the best care possible, CAM employs a variety of professional development strategies from clinical skills workshops to mentorship opportunities to peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges

Our Projects

Strengthening Midwifery Services in South Sudan (SMSII)

The main objectives of this project is to reinforce midwifery services in South Sudan through education, peer‑to‑peer training and association strengthening, in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality while providing support and resources to empower women in their reproductive rights and health.

Download the SMSII Narrative Report  “Midwives Always Have Songs”  (English)

Télécharger le rapport narratif du SMSII “Les sage-femmes connasait toujours une chanson”  (Français)

or visit MidwifeSongs.org

 

Zone 72

Zone 72 is a midwifery led and lensed national strategy for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health in South Sudan. Zone72 was created under the leadership of the South Sudan Ministry of Health, in collaboaration with

UNFPA, The South Sudan Nurses and Midwives Association (SSNAMA) and Shabab La Shabab.  The activity has been funded by the governments of Canada and Sweden.

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Strengthening Midwifery Education and Practice’ in Somalia (SMEPS)

Strengthening Midwifery Education and Practice’ in Somalia (SMEPS)

The SMEPS project aims to reduce maternal mortality and increase SRHR for women aged 14-49 in Somalia and Somaliland. In addition to strengthening the quality of midwifery education and practice while building the capacity of professional midwifery associations in Somalia and Somaliland.

SMEPS is a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)‑led collaboration between: Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) the Somali Midwives Association (SOMA) the Somaliland Nurses and Midwifery Association (SLNMA) and the Puntland Association of Midwives (PAM). It is funded by Global Affairs Canada In 2020-21 SMEPS has led full review of the midwifery curriculum in order to ensure a high national standard in line with ICM (check this), created and facilitated a series of capacity building trainings designed to strengthen the association and as well as began the process to create a mobile app aimed at improving the Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health of young people in Somalia.

Saj Fanm Pou Fanm (SFF)

Saj Fanm Pou Fanm (SFF) aims to strengthen the profession of midwifery, reduce maternal mortality rates, and promote the health and well being of women, girls and newborns in Haiti. SFPF is a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)‑led collaboration between: Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) Association des infirmières sages‑femmes en Haïti (AISFH) Université du Québec à Trois‑Rivières (UQTR) Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP). It is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

Photo Expo: Haïti

ALO SAJ FANM TELEPHONE HOTLINE

Alo Saj Fanm Telephone Hotline is a free telephone service offered 24-hours a day, seven days a week to people in Haiti. A collaboration between l’Association des infirmières sages‑femmes d’Haïti (AISFH), UNFPA and CAM, and funded by Global Affairs Canada, the telephone line features the option of listening to pre-recorded information regarding maternal and child health and SRHR or speaking with a midwife live. This telephone service is designed to fill in the gaps in Haiti’s vulnerable health system, where most mothers do not have access to any health care, especially in remote areas. The hotline has logged over 12000 calls since it’s launch in 2020

 Projet d’appui à la santé sexuelle et reproductive égalitaire (PASSREL)

 

Launched in April 2021, the Supporting Equal Sexual and Reproductive Health (SESRH) Project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (MAC) and implemented by the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the enjoyment of the right to health, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), by 55,346 citizens (40,755 adolescents/women and 14,591 adolescents/men) in the municipality of Croix-des-Bouquets.

This improved performance means, among other things, that the targeted adolescent girls and women now have access to acceptable, quality health care, and that the targeted communities, service and health care providers, and governmental and policy-making bodies have a more positive attitude towards giving adolescent girls, women, and marginalized people more control over their SRHR and towards eliminating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Over the next few years, several activities will take shape to improve the accountability of Haitian institutions, both health and governmental, and to increase the effectiveness of grassroots community organizations and professional associations such as the Foundation for Reproductive Health and Family Education (FOSREF), the Association of Haitian Nurse Midwives (AISFH), and the Haitian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SHOG); to assert the exercise of the right to health, particularly the SRHR.

 

More and Better Midwives for Rural Tanzania (MBM) 2016-21

 

With the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of women and children in the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania, More and Better Midwives for Rural Tanzania (MBM-RTZ) made significant contributions to ensuring that women and children in these areas have greater access to skilled midwifery care now and in the future. From 2016- 2021, CAM was the implementing partner on this Jhpiego-led project supporting the Ministry of Health Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) to fulfill national priorities for maternal and newborn survival as well as address inadequate numbers and inequitable distribution of human resources of health for midwifery care.MBM and TAMA increased number of branches from 4 to 10, Number of members went from 122 to 431.

Improved Service Delivery for Safe Motherhood Project: Strengthening & Supporting Midwifery in Tanzania (ISDSM) (2016-21)

 

ISDSM was a collaboration between CAM (The Canadian Association of Midwives) and TAMA (The Tanzania Midwives Association) was a six year project that addressed the need to maternal health service delivery in six targeted districts across Tanzania. The project, funded by the Sanofi-Espoir Foundation specifically targeted geographically disadvantaged areas that face limited access to emergency obstetric care and shortages of adequately skilled maternity health care providers.Over the course of ISDSM, a total of 500 midwives received trainings essential for the management of emergency situations. It is hoped that this effort will serve as a replicable model to support safe motherhood internationally.

ISDSM The Intention