ICM appoints International Midwifery Adviser.
Abigail Kyei writes: My country of origin is Ghana in West Africa where I was born, raised and had my initial education. My first degree is in Nursing (including Midwifery and Public Health), from the University of Ghana and I hold a Masters in Public Health (Maternal & Child Health Concentration) from San Diego State University in the US. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Health Administration at the University of Phoenix via an online programme.
I have over 20 years experience in public health management, working as a facility-centred nurse and midwife, researcher, programme officer in an adviser capacity and as a team leader and manager. Most of my experience has been in my home country, with early work in a rural hospital which included nursing, midwifery and community health under very challenging conditions. I later joined the Ministry of Health in Ghana and worked in other hospitals. In the process, I became inspired to do my Masters in Public Health.
I returned to Ghana after my Masters and started work with international non-governmental organisations. I first worked with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), but later joined JHPIEGO (an international NGO working in Reproductive Health). After a number of years managing the country office in Ghana, I was offered an international position and I moved to Malawi to be the Country Director on a program under
JHPIEGO/ACCESS. I was managing a project supporting the Ministry of Health to provide high quality, sustainable reproductive health services to meet the needs of the nation of Malawi. Prior to moving to Malawi, I had also had the experience of travel in my work to places such as Nigeria, Kenya and Afghanistan where I went to start a country programme.
I have just been appointed as the International Midwifery Adviser in ICM on a joint UNFPA/ICM project that will be addressing the issue of improving maternal and newborn health through improvement in skilled attendance at birth in low-income countries. I look forward to working together with the team at ICM with support from UNFPA, to make long-lasting positive impact in the health of mothers and children within our part of the world.