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Midwives Are Key to Climate Resilience

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in partnership with UNFPA, for a virtual panel discussion on the role of midwives in building resilience to climate change.

Date & Time

Wednesday
Jun. 12, 2024
9:30am – 11:00am ET

Location

Online Only

Overview

Midwives are an essential climate solution. The increasing impacts of climate change have an outsized impact on maternal and newborn health, as well as access to family planning and other vital health services. Midwives play a critical role in providing essential health services during climate-related disasters, and in the context of the lasting impacts of climate change on health systems. 

However, there remains a global shortage of midwives and a lack of investment and commitment to their training and support. The current global focus on climate change offers an opportune time to showcase the role of midwives as climate change champions and leaders in climate action. 

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in partnership with UNFPA, for a virtual panel discussion on the role of midwives in building resilience to climate change. The event will highlight some innovative and adaptive strategies midwives have used when faced with extreme heat, flooding, and wildfires while caring for women and families. Speakers will also discuss policies and programming that are necessary to support midwives as frontline workers in areas affected by climate change. 

Panelists

Elena Ateva Headshot

Elena Ateva

Director, Climate and Disaster Resilience, Americares
Jacquelyn Ingram Photo

Jacquelyn Ingram

Director of Clinical Services, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai’i 
Pandora Hardtman headshot

Pandora Hardtman

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Jhpiego
Neha Mankani Photo

Neha Mankani

Midwifery Association Capacity Assessment and Strengthening Lead, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

Hosted By

Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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