Deliwe Nancy Nyathikazi
Board member, Africa East
Deliwe began her midwifery career with studies at the Gazankulu College of Nursing and McCords Hospital in Durban, and went on to complete a first degree in Nursing Education and Community Health at the University of South Africa, then a Masters in Public and Development Management at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg.
She has worked in education and management, including facilitating a quality improvement programme in Maternal and Neonatal Health, which had a focus on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, in Limpopo. She also contributed to research on the use of a partogram for the National Department of Health.
Deliwe has been involved in the national debates regarding change in midwifery curriculum and regulations on midwifery practice, and has spoken at National Midwifery Congresses and 'Priorities in Perinatal Care' conferences.
She now holds the role of Head of Department, Sport, Arts and Culture in the South African government, as well as being President of the Society of Midwives of South Africa.
Board member, Africa West
Marieme was nominated to the Board by her association, the Association Nationale des Sages-Femmes d'Etat du Senegal, which joined the ICM in 2007 and has strengthened representation in francophone Africa.
Marieme has a role in Senegal for the government in working to reduce the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.
Board member, Asia Pacific region
Karen is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand College of Midwives (Inc). She was the College's founding President and has 40 years' experience in a wide variety of clinical practice as a nurse and midwife, as well as teaching and management positions within the health sector. Karen has been a member of the New Zealand Nursing Council and was actively involved in the drafting and implementing the legislation which created the Midwifery Council of New Zealand in 2004. She was Deputy Chair of the NZ Health Workforce Advisory Committee for five years.
Karen was a longstanding Asia Pacific representative on the International Confederation of Midwives Executive Committee, serving from 1999 to 2002, re-elected again in 2005 and to the Board in 2008. She has presented at numerous international conferences and workshops as a keynote speaker on midwifery and women's...