The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Cardiff University for its success in midwifery nursing education. Thanks to the school's success in the sector, the university will now work with the WHO to progress and expand midwifery around the world.
Cardiff University professor Billie Hunter stated that the recognition by the WHO is a great honor. “It’s a great honor and privilege, both personally and for Cardiff University. I'm very excited about future opportunities to work with the midwifery team at Cardiff University and our international colleagues to contribute to the important work of WHO,” she said.
As part of their recognition by the WHO, Cardiff University has been officially designated as a “collaborating center”. The partnership between the two parties will allow them to promote the development of midwifery and nursing education in countries where it is lacking. The partnership will be only one of its kind in Europe and only one of two throughout the world that deal entirely with midwifery.
The collaboration center will be at the forefront of midwifery education and it will also support the WHO's policies around the globe.
Midwifery education is one of the main aims the WHO hopes to address in the coming years. The WHO wants to grow the world's maternal and infant health, and believes the world is in need of more midwives and nurses to accomplish its goals.
According to WHO, there is a lack of about 18 million midwives and nurses throughout the world. Midwifery education and the addition of these new nurses will benefit the world, and is needed by the year 2030 to deal with the world's rising population. WHO has outlined the countries most in need of more midwives and nurses, are those of low-income.
“Every year over 300,000 women die, because of pregnancy related conditions, and 90% of these deaths are preventable,” Hunter said. “We know that quality midwifery can avert more than four in five maternal deaths, but in many countries, midwives are not well trained or supported in practice.”
Cardiff University will also work with the WHO to expand evidence-based resources that will enable countries to grow their midwifery education. In addition, the university will give expert knowledge to those groups to enable better education practices.
“We will support WHO to strengthen midwifery education and practice across the 53 member states of the WHO European region, in order to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies,” Hunter said.
Founded in 1948, the WHO currently works with 700 universities around the globe to develop and implement healthcare programs.