MIDRED will enhance midwives’ knowledge and ability in addressing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to contraceptive care and family planning. Scaling up midwifery is expected to have substantial impact on maternal and neonatal health and wellbeing, thus it is particularly relevant to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 – Good health and wellbeing.

MIDRED is a partnership between :

OsloMetropolitan University, University of Ghana, Legon and Birzeit University, Westbank, Palestine

Other involved north-partners are University of Dundee, University of Bergen and Univerity of Oslo

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Objectives

The project’s overall aim is to strengthen the quality and relevance of midwifery education and research in Palestine and Ghana by:

  1. Developing local teacher and research capacities in the field of midwifery.
  2. Identifying knowledge gaps and assisting in curriculum development.
  3. Offering PhD and master’s scholarships related to Midwifery and Women’s Health.
  4. Providing student and teacher exchange between partner countries.

Management

Project owner: Oslo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Midwifery Sciences

MIDRED Pl and project manager, Berit Mortensen

Project manager, Ghana, Samuel Adjorlolo

Project manager, Palestine, Sahar Hassan

More about MIDRED

Although SDG3 is the main focus for MIDRED, the project partners share the vision in NORHED II in which higher education and research in health is both a goal and a means of attaining other SDGs. The project will develop lifelong learning opportunities by developing master programs and continuous education possibilities through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). By offering scholarships to support master students and PhD students in a traditional female profession in the global south, the project contributes to reaching SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all as well as SDG 5 – Gender equality. The project will introduce adapt continuity models of care to local context, develop culturally sensitive tools to address domestic violence and enhance respectful and individualized care, facilitate informed and shared decision-making and reduce inequalities in health.

In the longer term, MIDRED aim at empowering the midwife profession by improved education and a potential research career which will lead to more decent work (SDG 8) leading to less poverty (SDG 1)Good jobs and economic growth; reducing inequalities through the inclusion of marginalized groups, SDG 10 – Reducing inequalities. Intersectoral collaboration and partnerships will be improved through midwives’ wider scope of practice, collaboration between primary and secondary health providers by introducing continuity of care. The project will further focus on midwives in interdisciplinary teams as well as overuse and underuse of medical interventions, such as caesarean section, to ensure appropriate care. In addition, the project is developing the international partnership in midwifery by establish a strong collaboration between Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) in Palestine and Ghana and in Norway and Scotland (UK) in partnership with local United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and local Ministries of Health (SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals) and strengthening institutions and socialcohesion (SDG 16). Because MIDRED involves partners from the global south, Palestine and Ghana, we foresee that some cities in these countries and human settlements will be more inclusive, safe, and resilient (SDG 11).

MIDRED will anchor activities within The Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Framework, which builds on the foundation of a qualified workforce.