Henriette has worked with UNFPA for nearly a decade to improve maternal health in DRC. Henriette has received multiple recognitions and distinctions both within and outside of UNFPA.
“I made a promise to pregnant mothers and myself: to multiply the numbers of persons with my competencies and values such that all women, wherever they are, could benefit from quality and skilled care and services before, during, and after pregnancy.”
When Henriette came to UNFPA in 2011, the national midwifery association was at an embryonic stage with only two presidents and without active and recognized members. Today, through her hard work and dedication and with the support of UNFPA management, the association counts more than 1000 active members and numerous provincial committees. They now enjoy great visibility both inside and outside the country. Several partners joined forces with UNFPA to support the midwifery profession in various ways.
In 2017 she received a symbolic gesture from the Minister of Health in recognition of her contribution to improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health in the DRC.
Henriette’s outstanding leadership has led to over 30 midwives becoming trained in emergency response in the remote zone of the DRC. This training has helped save many women’s lives in refugee camps in the DRC, as well as saving children through safe delivery under the modern care control of midwives.