Amref Celebrating Midwives amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

On 5th, May 2020 AMREF Health Africa in Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Midwife (IDM) under the theme “Celebrate: Demonstrate: Mobilize: Unite.”

For this celebration  Amref Health Africa in Uganda  partnered  with White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)  in Uganda to host a Tweet Chat as a way of highlighting the important role midwives play in improving reproductive and maternal health outcomes and most especially, amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

During the Tweet Chat, participants celebrated midwives, highlighting some of the challenges they face in delivering quality care to women and newborns and more so amidst COVID-19 Pandemic; highlighting some of the partner efforts for these frontline health workers; sharing solutions and lobbing duty bearers to play their  part. The Tweet Chat was joined by health professionals including Midwives, Doctors, and Nurses; Young Health Rights Advocates, Policy Makers, Academicians, and Health Bloggers.

The online storm reached over 678,874 people with a potential impact of 2,095,106. 163 were the contributors, 3,669.59 Followers per contributor with 34 Facebook, and 15 Instagram followers during the time of the engagement.

As a way of joining the discussion, we were using  #Midwives4Women #SaferTogether #IDM2020 as our hashtags, and below are some of the feedback from the  chat.