Afghanistan Midwifery Association is one of professional association in Afghanistan. The purpose of the Afghan Midwives Association (AMA) is to advocate for the midwifery profession and strengthen the role of midwives to ensure the wellbeing of the women and their families in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Midwives Association (AMA) was formed in May 2005 with the support of the USAID-funded ACCESS and Health Services Support Projects. AMA is formally registered as member association of International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in November 2005. In Afghanistan AMA is registered with Minister of Justice under registration number 1326.
The AMA is a midwifery-led, national non-governmental organization whose primary purpose is to implement programs that build the capacity of midwives and increase access to quality midwifery services.
A research study conducted by AMA (2007), focused on quality of care provided by newly graduated midwives in two provinces. The finding indicated that quality of the supervision conducted was not supportive for the midwives practice according to the standards and no follow up was available to address gaps.
The conclusion of the study stated that supervision needs to be supportive and strong advocacy is needed for the introduction of new midwives in the community to enable them to provide services that can impact the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in their communities.
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been working in Afghanistan since 1982, presently managing development programs concerning Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance and as the first sponsor and technical supporter of AMA Mentorship project, SCA has played a vital role for launching the mentorship program and always accompany AMA to ensure the effectiveness and successful implementation of the program from 2011 up to date.