Announced by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) during the press conference held this Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at Roméo Golf, the “Henriette Eke” Media Prize will be launched from Friday, June 10 to November 15, 2022. For the first time, the The objective pursued by this initiative is to reward journalists who have produced the best productions and the efforts they make to raise awareness in the community about maternal death issues. Sponsored by the Minister of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya, this contest will bring together media professionals from across the DRC, with a view to honoring the memory of Henriette Eke, who died on November 27, 2020, who advocated for midwives and their education
During the presentation of the outlines of the award, Mr. Siaka Traoré, UNFPA communication team leader in DRC, spoke about the importance of media professionals drawing public attention to the need to reduce maternal death . Thus, the choice made of them is justified in terms of their contribution to this situation and to the realization of the change.
To do this, all candidates from the written and audiovisual media must have a UNPC card, publish their productions and finally publish them on the UNFPA platform that will be created soon.
Respectively, according to the standards of the jury, the production in written press must not exceed 3,000 words with space, the online press, on the other hand, must respect the margin of 2,000 words. Radio and television should be between 2 and 5 minutes each. And, he specified that the accepted productions are those in the French language as well as the national languages.
As a midwife, Henriette Eke campaigned for the revaluation of midwives in the DRC. And for almost 40 years of her life, she was dedicated to the professional training and supervision of midwife trainees. She also embodied exceptional commitment during her tenure at UNFPA and had a positive impact in the field of maternal health, her achievements leading to the recognition of the profession of “midwifery”, distinct from nursing.
As a result, they are also seen as a cornerstone for improving maternal health in the DRC, as they have provided strategic advice and support to national authorities, including the Ministry of Health and Higher and University Education.
Viewing the birth of a child as a happy event, Henriette Eke has always believed that the fundamental qualities of a midwife are patience, availability, kindness, efficiency and discretion.