Above, former regional representative Bridget Lynch tracks her progress via this role to Deputy Director of the ICM. We have asked other outgoing representatives for their own messages, and the first is Joyce Safe from Tanzania in Africa East:
I feel there are a number of things I have achieved while being a Regional Representative in the Africa Region, including raising awareness of midwives' associations in Africa, as well as in the world at large, and enabling at least three national midwives' associations to become members of ICM. I have also contributed views and suggestions that helped to enable a smooth review of the ICM constitution. Personally, I have expanded nay own experience and knowledge of midwifery service issues, and had the pleasure of being able to make friends outside nay country.
I have learnt that ICM is an important organisation in safeguarding both midwifery practice and knowledge. It has managed to take the lead and act as a mouthpiece of both midwives and their clients. Such an organisation has created benefits for members and non-members of the midwives' associations, through disseminating new trends and technical information on midwifery. I hope I will see, in the future, ICM intensifying efforts to increase membership, especially by marketing itself during the International Day of the Midwife on 5th May.
In the Africa Region, I look forward to more midwives being enabled to attend Congress through increased aid...