Image 1 Image 2

The 11th Annual Congress of Midwives of South Africa

03 December to, 06 December 2013

Western Cape

Details to follow shortly

WELCOME NOTE FROM - Prof Nomafrench Mbombo, chair of SOMSA 2013 Organising Committee

Welcome to the "Mother City", the southernmost tip of Africa, where the two oceans, Indian and Atlantic, kiss. Cape Town boasts Table Mountain, one of the natural seven wonders of the world; Robben island where former president Nelson Mandela was kept in a cell for 27 years; Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens with its famous flowers. It is only in the Western Cape you watch whales dancing, based on your mood swing, you can swim in the icy waters of Camps Bay or swim with penguins at Boulders beach. Or visit Cape Flats, and hop into a mini-bus taxi to one of the famous townships and enjoy African cuisine and craftwork.

This is just a taste of the big slice when you attend the 11th SOMSA Congress to be hosted from the 3 to 6 December in Cape Town. Cape Town has the biggest hospitals in Africa, Groote Schuur, Tygerberg hospital, and the only province in the country which dominates and boasts of its Midwifery Obstetric Units.

The business of the Congress includes a vigilant match lead by midwives on day one. This is a show of solidarity consolidating an initiative by the African Union (AU) with its campaign on acceleration of reduction of maternal, newborn and child mortality in Africa through (CARMMA).

Whilst we acknowledge a slight improvement in maternal deaths globally, sadly the country and the continent is struggling with needless and preventable maternal deaths. It was once said that "in Africa, skydiving is safer than being pregnant". Child and infant mortality is the worst, there is zero improvement. Dr Mandela once said, "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children".

Midwives all over the continent will gather at this Congress sharing best practices and lessons, but going beyond rhetoric of enough is enough. We have an obligation to promote, fulfil and respect the rights of women and children to access quality care. For this Congress, we are pledging our commitment and keeping promises, and taking action, to save lives of mothers and children and prevent needless deaths and morbidities. Every mother has a right to deliver a live healthy baby, and every baby has a right to a life and to a mother. Throughout the year, the Western Cape SOMSA will be hosting various activities, in small pockets at all corners piggy backing on the national health calendar events. For example, February, is a Reproductive Health month; the International Day of Midwives (5th) and International Nurses' day (12th) are in May, with Youth month, in June, and in August, a Women's month. We plan to be vocal, promote advocacy and women empowerment, occupy public spaces, educating, raising awareness on various issues, from breastfeeding, gender based violence, teenage pregnancy...until we reach our goal.... It is the purpose to build momentum throughout the year climaxing with the Congress in December. Watch the space, keep on visiting the site for notices and feedback and send those abstracts for your scientific paper presentation.

SOMSA Western Cape is looking forward to see you in Cape Town. Midwives care: No more needless deaths!

Warms Regards

Nomafrench Mbombo

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance of papers 02 September 2013
Presenters to register and pay to attend SOMSA by 30 September 2013

Contact Details

SOMSA Secretariat
Contact person Liza Monteiro

First Floor East Wing
Longpoint Office Park
Cnr Wittkoppen and Montecasino Boulevard
Fourways, 2055


Natalie Kensley
Tel: 021 9142751
Fax: 021 914 5493


Ingrid Jacobs
Tel: 021 9142751
Fax: 021 9145493

Sponsorship and
Exhibition Enquiries

Jacques Groenewald
Tel: 021 9142751
Fax: 021 9145493

Abstract Submission

Jo Bezuidenhout
Tel: 031 303 9852
Fax: 031 303 9529