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Celebrating International Day of the Midwife in Ghana

On May 5, the Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA), a partner of the USAID-funded Saving Maternity Homes (SMH) project, participated in the International Day of the Midwife annual celebration in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana. The Global Campaign selects a different theme for the day each year in order to promote and highlight the importance of midwives and to celebrate the significant impact they have made around the world. This year’s theme was, “Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life”. The event in Tamale focused on working with the government of Ghana and global development partners to expand midwifery programs in the country, scale up access to maternal and child health services and deliver a global standard of maternal health care. During the event, the President of GRMA highlighted SMH as a success, describing the project as “an innovation revitalizing some maternity homes that need emulation”. To date, the SMH project has conducted 43 post-transformation business counseling sessions for 22 transformed private maternity homes (PMHs), exceeding the project’s initial target of transforming 20 PMHs.