ICM--keeping our members in touch: Judi Brown reports on the last Board meeting and the significant issues debated.

AuteurBrown, Judi
TenlasteleggingInternational Confederation of Midwives - Conference news

Since I last wrote in this column, as some of you will know, I have left Australia and taken up a position in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. In this new role, I have been focusing on developing health systems and health professionals (including establishing a midwifery association here) and I have come to appreciate just how hard it really is to 'keep in touch' with professional networks and information. I am delighted to see that at the ICM Head Office, Jessica Gonzalez, the Foreign Communications and Documentation Manager, has set a fine example by devoting much of her time to direct membership communications in all the appropriate languages of the Confederation: the success of this strategy is reflected in the positive comments coming back from member association representatives and the increased level of response to questionnaires and communiques. An effective, transparent process of communication is critical to connect the member associations, the Board, the Council and the headquarters staff. Please keep the information coming in to Jessica so she can in turn keep it circulating.

Council and Congress 2008

This year's board meeting, held in June, focused on strategic planning for ICM and the issues to be addressed by Council at the upcoming Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. The Board looked at the possibilities of holding a more 'dynamic' Council meeting rather than the traditional process of four days of business discussion and voting. We believe we have identified a good balance of activities for the Council programme, and more information on this will follow. The ICM President, Karlene Davis, and her team at the RCM are in the final stages of planning for June 2008 when we will welcome the midwives of the world to Glasgow. Do register now if you haven't already: bring family members to enjoy the social programme and perhaps a few extra days in 'bonnie Scotland'! Please also consider raising money to help us fund the attendance of midwives from countries with few resources--we do want their voices to be heard at Council and Congress as these countries are where the needs of women are greatest.

Research activities at ICM

Holly Kennedy, co-chair of the Research Standing Committee (RSC), attended the Board meeting. She explained the three strands of the work of the RSC--networking; programme planning for the Congress and strategic planning with the ICM Board--and also described plans for four research-oriented workshops to be held at...

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