Ever since the IAPM joined the “International Perinatal Medicine Group” in September 2005, one of whose members is a charitable organisation MATRES MUNDI INTERNATIONAL, formal collaboration between the two bodies has taken place, culminating in the signing of an “Agreement” in May 2006 stating that MATRES MUNDI is the humanitarian agency of the IAPM.
In the spirit of this agreement, the IAPM, along with the WAPM, co-operates in implementing the “Training program for international NGO volunteers in Perinatal Medicine” developed by MATRES MUNDI (Sept 2006) and in the design of an “Integral Plan for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Central Africa”, developed jointly with MATRES MUNDI and WAPM. This project was published in “J. Perinatal Med” (2007, 35: 266-277) and “Progress in Obstetrics and Gynaecology” (2007, 50; 7: 398-404).
This institutional co-operation was clearly demonstrated at the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Matres Mundi held in the “Palau de la Musica” in Barcelona on October 26th 2006. During the course of the official proceedings, there were speeches by Prof. E. Saling, IAPM President, along with Prof. Carrapato, WAPM President and Prof. Asim Kurjak, President of the Ian Donald School and former WAPM President.
Programme Life for Africa
The IAPM leads an academic project in Subsaharan Africa. The project includes the foundation of the International School of Perinatal Medicine for Africa and the building of the Hospital for mothers and children in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia). The International School will train obstetricians, paediatricians, neonatologists, midwives, nurses, nutritionists and so on. It would be the headquarters for Africa of the Academy and all the international societies of Perinatal Medicine (WAPM, EAPM, The Fetus as a Patient, Ian Donald School, etc. ). It could also be a permanent school of obstetric ultrasonography, fetal medicine, and mothers and children’s medicine.
Matres Mundi would manage the creation and implementation of the project.