The many prestigious keynote speakers, who came from each region of the world to address the gathered midwives, not only strongly endorsed the ICM commitment to care for women and newborns, but applauded the achievements of midwives in every aspect of this work. Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, described the work of the ICM as "promoting competent midwifery care, dependent on the needs of nations and communities", but also said that midwives rightly took on a wider role in campaigning for better status for women and fighting to combat HIV and the other diseases that threaten safer motherhood.
Closing ceremony, preview of Durban and new President
After the four days of a varied, packed and innovative scientific programme, opened by the Princess Royal, the participants once again poured into the main hall of the SECC for the moving and bitter-sweet experience of the closing ceremony. It meant many goodbyes, at least for the next three years, but also brought anticipation of the wholly different event that will be the 29th ICM Triennial Congress in Durban, South Africa. A video gave...