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The 17th Annual Congress of Midwives of South Africa

Date: 25 August 2021
Virtual Congress

Dear Midwives

The COVID-19 pandemic has mandated many changes in our work and personal lives as well as in our day-to-day functioning. The SOMSA congress was not exempt from the changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the operational changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 17th , first ever, VIRTUAL annual SOMSA congress!

The pandemic has forced many industries to adapt to the unfolding environment, remain flexible and responsive to the dynamic nature of the virus while managing the devastation and consequences of the unfolding pandemic. Considering the current circumstances, the congress theme for 2021 is:


Keeping in line with the congress theme, of embracing change and transformation, the format of the congress has changed to adapt to the online platform and to promote a more transformative congress experience. However, all is not lost, as many of the traditional congress activities will still be implemented.

Networking and delegate engagement are important reasons to attend the congress, and you will find plenty of opportunities to do this in the virtual platform. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit online exhibitions.

The congress will consist of a diverse and exciting programme, with two new presentation tacks- the innovation track and a reflection track called #MidWise. The programme seeks to promote further research in midwifery, stimulate further innovation in midwifery spaces and stimulate reflective learning in order to improve midwifery practice. The congress will consist of pre-recorded presentations and live online discussions with question-and-answer sessions. All presentations will also be available to registered delegates to view after the congress.

Do not let the fear of the online platform prevent you from attending this innovative congress experience! As the physicist Marie Curie said: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Individuals who are not familiar with the online environment, support will be made available to ensure that you have a smooth transition into the virtual arena.

The virtual congress is a great opportunity to experience, learn and network in the online environment. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the first virtual SOMSA congress on the 25 of August 2021.

Stay safe and warm regards!

Justine Baron

Congress Chair

Western Cape

Registration Enquiries:

Thandeka Msweli
Tel: 031 303 9852
Fax: 031 303 9529

Sponsorship and Exhibition Enquiries:

Liza Monteiro
Tel: 021 914 2751
Fax: 021 914 5493

Abstract Submission Enquiries:

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