WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development

DIRECTOR

Billie Hunter

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Grace Thomas

TERMS OF REFERENCE

To support WHO by generating the evidence base relating to midwifery education and practice.

To assist WHO in dissemination evidence and good practice in the field of midwifery education and practice.

On request from WHO, to provide technical consultancy and expert advice to Member States on midwifery education.

This institution is a member of the

WHOCC MIDWIFERY NETWORK

MIDWIFERY NETWORK WORK PLAN 2016 - 2020

We contributed to the ‘Baseline Mapping Study on Nursing and Midwifery Education in the WHO European Region’, helping with survey design, data analysis and review of the final report.

We have created and piloted the MATE tool, supported by European midwifery colleagues. MATE is a self-assessment tool designed to inform in-country discussions at early planning stages, and belongs to the midwives / leaders who use it. It also provides links to useful resources. Following field-testing in 2019, the translated tool will be available on the WHO website.

We supported the WHO CC for Nursing and Research Centre at Coimbra University, Portugal in developing the guide ‘Simulation in Nursing and Midwifery Education’, ensuring that midwifery is effectively represented.

We provide technical support to member states as requested by WHO. We are currently advising the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas on the further development of midwifery education and research.