WHO Collaborating Centre for Development of Midwifery


Lorena Binfa


Marcela Diaz


To work with WHO/PAHO in the development of education and training in midwifery.

To contribute to WHOS ́s work in the development of midwifery research in the Region.

To provide technical support to spread WHO/PAHO’s guidelines, information’s systems, statements and tools at the regional level.

To develop communities of practice according to WHO/PAHO liniments.

This institution is a member of the


    • Maternal Health Training Project (MHTP). This project is part of the larger Integrated Health Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (IHSLAC) project being implemented with PAHO/WHO in collaboration with Global Funds Canada (GAC). This is a four-year project, which began in January 2016 and concluding in December 2019, the desired output is to increase the number of healthcare workers trained competently in maternal and child health in 8 LA countries.
    • Training of Trainers in Competency- Based Education (CBE), and Training of Trainers in Evaluation of Competency-Based Education, including the use of the WHO midwifery educator competencies in educational activities in Bolivia, DOR, Cuba, Mexico (sponsored by UNFPA), and El Salvador.
      • Action: This technical consultation for supporting the implementation a CBE curriculum started in 2015.
      • Action: During 2018 the collaboration with the School of Midwifery (Licenciatura en Salud Materno-Infantil) University of El Salvador (UES), included three workshops and technical support in Competency Based Education and Evaluation (May, July and October 2018). This training program 2018, included a 2 weeks study visit of 6 faculty members from the UES, to different levels of clinical settings in Santiago-Chile (August and October), supervised by member staff. During the visit in October, meetings were held with PAHO and UNFPA country offices to introduce this program. Development of Midwifery multisite research in the region through the Midwifery Research Network.
    • Iribarren, S., Stonbraker, S., Larsen, B., Santos, I., Faria, R., Góes, F., Binfa, L., & Larson, E. (2018). Clinical nursing and midwifery research in Latin American and Caribbean countries: A scoping review.Int J Nurs Pract. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12623
    • Seijmonsbergen-Schermers, A., de Jonge, A., van den Akker, T., Beeckman, K., Bogaerts, A., Barros, M., Janssen, P., Binfa, L., Rydahl, E., Frith, L., Gross, M., Hálfdánsdóttir, B., Daly, D., Calleja-Agius, J., Gillen, P., Vika Nilsen, AB., & Declercq, E. (2018). Variations in childbirth interventions in high-income countries: protocol for a multinational cross-sectional study. BMJ Open; 8(1): e017993. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017993.
    • Pantoja, L., Weeks, F., Ortiz, J., Cavada, G., Foster, J., & Binfa, L. (2019). Dimensions of childbirth care associated with maternal satisfaction among low-risk Chilean women. Health Care for Women International. Retrieved from
    • 17 July 2018: JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY, CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA. Midwifery Network: Leads of the two dedicated midwifery WHO CCs co-leads for the network Professor Billie Hunter (WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development, University of Cardiff, Wales) and Professor Lorena Binfa (WHO Collaborating Centre for Development of Midwifery, University of Chile).