MWIA as a health NGO is in consultative status with the United Nations and has for the past 40 years been at the forefront as an active NGO leader, making its presence felt at the United Nations and its various agencies. The NGO representatives have diligently represented MWIA for almost half a century at the various conferences, UN briefings and important events in New York and other countries.
Eleanor Nwadinobi, Shelley Ross, Afua Hesse, Claudia Morrissey, Padmini Murthy and Satty Keswani with Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile
Dr Murthy with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
Examples of MWIA work with the UN
- In 1994, Dr Florence Manguyu Past President of MWIA led the NGO delegation at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.
- In 2010 MWIA played an active role in the first United Nations Department of Public Information NGO Conference held outside New York in Melbourne Australia. The theme was “Advance Global Health Achieve the MDGs”. Dr Padmini Murthy moderated the first panel at the plenary session and MWIA organized a workshop along with members of the Australian Medical Women’s Association.
- Dr Padmini Murthy represented academia at a prestigious event on education with the former Secretary General Ban Ki Moon organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information in October 2015.
- MWIA has partnered with the Australian Medical Women and The DAK foundation to donate portable ultrasound machines to the missions of Grenada, Sierra Leone to promote access among pregnant women of low socio-economic status for fetal ultrasound screening.
- Dr Murthy working on behalf of MWIA has successfully partnered with New York Medical College, American Medical Women’s Association and the Mission of Malawi to the United Nations on the safe motherhood project which was instrumental in raising funds to build a shelter for pregnant women and supplying 1000 safe mother kits to women. In addition, MWIA NGO reps to the United Nations have been actively working to meet the targets of SDG3- which addresses Good Health and Well Being by sending medical supplies and essential drugs to Grenada, Nepal and Liberia to help the communities in need.
The UN MWIA NGO reps work to make MWIA visible as a health NGO in the United Nations by attending weekly briefings, conferences and high-level events and work with other NGOs in affiliation with the United Nations to advance the sustainable developments goals.