Facilitator: Cecilia Jevitt
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Formalised midwifery education and certified midwives have only been in existence in Bangladesh since 2012. The majority of maternity care givers are nurses and with a high proportion of births occurring in rural areas, it is estimated that only 41% of women’s and newborns’ needs are currently being met (WHO, 2014).
The Royal College of Midwives has been twinned with the Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS) since 2017. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) funded project aims to build the organisational capacity of BMS, strengthen their approach to advocating for the midwifery profession and create demand for midwifery services, as well as raise BMS’s visibility amongst midwives and stakeholders.
Our presentation will explore the midwifery context in Bangladesh, its challenges, and the importance of having a strong association that represents Bangladeshi midwives. We will outline our approach to organisational capacity building through twinning and explain how the project contributes towards Bangladesh’s journey of upscaling the midwifery profession.