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14  Evaluation of a 5-year midwifery twinning partnership between Bangladesh and the UK
May 5 @ 11:00 – 11:50
14  Evaluation of a 5-year midwifery twinning partnership between Bangladesh and the UK @ Room B

Speaker: Joy Kemp  and Sharmin Shobnom Joya

Facilitator: Aisha Salihu Abdullahi

A 5-year twinning partnership between the Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS) and the Royal College of Midwives UK was completed and evaluated in 2022; results will be shared in this presentation. Twinning was both organisational and individual.  Midwives are new in Bangladesh; they are negotiating professional space. UK midwifery is more established but the workforce is not representative of the population with Bangladesh heritage (1%); maternal and perinatal outcomes are worse for South-Asian families.  Therefore, twinning had potential benefit for both contexts. 

Objective: To evaluate if twinning had mutual benefit, especially in strengthening midwifery leadership.

Methods: A mixed methods enquiry using document-review, surveys, focus-groups, key informant interviews and participant observation.  Evaluation framework informed by OECD criteria and stakeholder questions. Thematic data analysis.

Results:  BMS’ organisational capacity increased significantly during the partnership. Fifty-one young midwife leaders in Bangladesh were developed and six won international leadership fellowships. Seven quality- improvement projects in Bangladesh were successfully completed, advancing midwifery services. UK midwives valued and learned from their participation. The partnership enabled greater engagement with South Asian diaspora midwives in the UK and highlighted inequity of UK maternity outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic brought both challenges and opportunities for innovation.

Conclusions/Summary: This partnership strengthened midwifery associations and midwifery leadership and impacted every area of the ICM’s Professional Framework in Bangladesh. Twinning facilitated reciprocal benefits in both countries and may be replicable in other contexts.