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Claudette Bailey, Africare Chief of Party in Liberia, Wins Global Midwife Award from American College of Nurse-Midwives

WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2007 -- When Claudette Bailey was appointed by Africare to the position of Chief of Party in Liberia, her work as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) had already taken her around the globe. Born in Jamaica, Bailey began her midwifery career in Scotland before traveling to countries such as Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi and Zimbabwe. On May 26, 2007, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) recognized this history of international service and leadership in reproductive health when it presented Bailey with the Global Midwife Award at its 52nd Annual Meeting.

“Claudette’s relentless pursuit of integrated reproductive health services and her ability to keep all stakeholders involved and informed was rewarded,” said Deborah Gordis, ACNM director of global outreach, during the award presentation in Chicago, Ill.

Established in 1929, ACNM is the oldest women’s health care association in the United States. Its mission is to promote reproductive health care through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

The Global Midwife Award also acknowledges Bailey’s significant contribution to the health and well-being of the women and children of Liberia. As Africare’s Chief of Party in the West African country, Bailey is responsible for carrying out an extensive development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Since January 2004, Bailey has helped to address the reproductive health care challenges in Liberia -- where the infrastructure was devastated by years of civil war -- with the implementation of the ACNM Life-Saving Skills series.

With the establishment of a Life-Saving Skills (LSS) facility; with the training of 70 mid-level service providers in LSS; and with 30 midwives, 550 traditional birth attendants and over 6,000 community members trained in home-based LSS -- reproductive health care in Liberia has significantly improved. On Jan. 31, 2007, the Liberian Ministry of Health officially endorsed LSS at the facility and home-based levels and expressed its hopes of institutionalizing the program throughout Liberia.

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