Projects & Awards



If you are a qualified midwife and member of an association of midwives, you can participate in the Midwives for Life Awards.

Your project

It should aim to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and improve the health of mothers and their newborns. Your project should target the most vulnerable people in developing countries.

Your project could fit into one of the following fields:

  • Improve the pre-service or in-service education of midwives
  • Enhance the role of midwives promoting health education among women and families
  • Improve or develop new services, procedures, techniques or tools to reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal, newborn and child health care, including family planning
  • Help midwives to share experiences by networking with health professionals (obstetricians, gynecologists and nurses) and community health workers, associations and other organizations working in maternal, newborn and child health (doulas, midwives, etc.)

When and how to submit your project

Opening of the Midwives for life Awards in november 2016

*Tips on filling in the form:

  • Be as precise as possible
  • Focus more on setting up the project content than on the general context
  • Go for quality over quantity
  • Explain whether it is an ongoing project or not

Selection criteria

A jury of experts composed of midwives from the International Confederation of Midwives of Midwives, and other public healthcare professionals (physicians, gynecologists and obstetricians) will select projects on the basis of the following criteria:

  • How far the project matches the needs that have been identified
  • The innovative nature of the project
  • Its capacity to improve maternal, newborn and child health and reduce maternal and child mortality in developing countries
  • Its capacity to promote health education
  • Benefits to the community
  • Enhancing local skills and improving public health
  • Feasibility of the action plan
  • Capacity to duplicate the project in other environments or regions of the world

Prize-winners and prizes

Up to 10 prize-winners will be selected.

They will receive:

  • Financial support of up to €5,000 to encourage and promote the development of their project. This will be given to the local association of which the midwife is a member
  • The publishing of the project on the Connecting Midwives platform, the Care Challenge website and the ICM website
  • The possibility to be selected by the Millennia 2025 Foundation, a partner of Sanofi Espoir Foundation, to develop a partnership with the WeObservatory to benefit from a broader network and the possibility to develop new information and communication technologies for the project


The jury

The panel of experts will be composed of:

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
Frédérique Teurnier (former President of the College of Midwives)
Rachel Mboumba (Gabon, representing ICM Francophone Africa)
Laurence Monteiro (Benin)
Annie Hortense Hatchoumi (Cameroon)

Non-ICM Midwives:
Cécile Grimaldi (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Patricia Vasseur (experience in many countries in public health and anthropology)

Obstetricians and Gynecologists or Public Health Doctors:
Vincent Fauveau (Public Health Doctor)
Jean Marc Mayenga (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sèvres Hospital)
Richard Beddock (Vice-President of Gynecology Without Borders)
Paule Barnu (Gynecology, Director of the Solipam Network)
Luc de Bernis (obstetricians-gynecologists, former main adviser in maternal health in Africa for the UNFPA)

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation
Caty Forget, Managing Director of the Foundation
Amélie Moritz, Partnership Program Manager and Communications