Steph Marriott is a registered midwife and Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) from the U.K. At present Steph is an international midwife mentor for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh where she provides mentoring and technical guidance to national midwives and other professionals involved in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Steph’s professional roles have varied including working as a case-loading midwife with a project focusing on improving outcomes for families with high levels of social deprivation in inner-city Bradford, U.K; as a lecturer in midwifery at the University of York, U.K and as an International Midwifery Educator for the World Health Organisation (WHO) project educating and mentoring the first midwifery lecturers in India.
Ababiku Doreen Ambayo
Ms. Ababiku Doreen Ambayo is an international Midwife with 20 years’ experience in more than 5 countries where she has focused on mentoring, clinical training, capacity building of the health workforce, programming and establishing new health facilities. She is a registered member of the nursing and midwifery council of Uganda.
She has been involved in many emergencies internationally and at present works in the largest refugee camp in the world (Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh) as a midwife mentor for UNFPA. Here she is also a member of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights working group (SRHR-WG) and a member of the maternal mortality review team.
She has previously served as the senior maternal and child health lead for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where her work included establishing two BEmONC health facilities in Bangladesh. Prior to this she was an international midwife in Sierra Leone for a research trial led by John Hopkins University on Pre-Eclampsia, Eclampsia and shock; a reproductive health officer in Uganda, where she set up 5 SRHR health facilities in Bidi-bidi refugee camp; a midwife in Liberia in 2015 during the Ebola emergency, where she contributed to the saving of many pregnant women, babies and girls lives in Liberia and has contributed to establishing midwifery and nursing education for young men and women in South Sudan.
Urmila Shyam undertook a 3-year diploma to become a professional Midwife with Hope Foundation at BRAC University, Bangladesh. Since 2018 she has worked as a midwife and more recently a midwifery supervisor for Hope Foundation, an NGO providing SRHR services to Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugee women and girls in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.