Midwifery schooling in Bangladesh has vastly improved ladies’s entry to secure childbirth, research present
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In affiliation with the British High Commission in Bangladesh, the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a dissemination seminar on Wednesday 1 June 2022, on the auditorium of DGNM in Dhaka, to share findings of two research on midwifery in Bangladesh.

Those two impartial research targeted on the teachings learnt whereas strengthening midwifery in Bangladesh, and pathways to ladies’s empowerment by means of midwifery schooling. The findings point out that the UK Government’s assist helped the Government of Bangladesh enhance deployment and make the most of the diploma holder midwives which vastly improved ladies’s entry to secure childbirth, over the past three years. In 2021, the midwives, deployed in 403 Upazila Health Complexes (UzHCs), performed 87 per cent of the entire deliveries at these UzHCs. In 2018, the proportion was solely 24.

The research additionally discovered that the prevailing midwifery schooling in Bangladesh is efficient and contributing to sharpen the social and counseling expertise, and enhance interpersonal communications of midwives whereas attending any service recipients. In distinction to the standard start attendants, the educated midwives are in a position to present extra institutional assist to make use of technology-based instruments for little one supply, which makes midwifery in Bangladesh extra reliable to service recipients.

The curriculum on midwifery schooling helps midwives immensely in taking important choices when a state of affairs is important. Over the final decade, the neighborhood’s perspective and acceptance towards midwives have shifted remarkably. Nowadays, rural residents search service from licensed midwives for supply and mom care; they attempt for help and recommendation from licensed midwives.

Mr. Md. Saiful Hassan Badal, the Honorable Secretary of the Medical Education and Family Welfare Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare graced the event as Chief Guest. HE Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Dr. Vibhavendra Raghuyamshi, the Chief of Health, UNFPA, Bangladesh, Dr. Daniel Novac, First Secretary, Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh attended the seminar with over hundred representatives from totally different ministries, improvement companions, implementing businesses,midwifery establishments, and pupil midwives. Ms Siddika Akter, the Director General of the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), chaired the seminar.

Md. Saiful Hassan Badal, the Honorable Secretary of the Medical Education and Family Welfare Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), mentioned

“The national midwifery program has greatly contributed to the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths, as well as cesarean section rates in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has initiated development of a cadre of international standard professional midwives. It was possible due to the strong commitment and support of our honorable Prime Minister. Government has opened the door to higher education for midwives. I believe that the midwives will play significant role in enabling us to achieve the SDGs by 2030.”

In his remarks, British High Commissioner HE Robert Chatterton Dickson mentioned:

“The UK has been a detailed improvement associate to Bangladesh since independence. Our joint effort to strengthen midwifery in Bangladesh provides to the five-decade lengthy Brit Bangla Bondhon for improvement.

“Today almost 3,000 midwives are working in the public health system and have helped deliver over 300,000 children over the last five years. Almost 500 midwives are serving in the Rohingya camps and others in the private sector, enabling safer childbirth for women and their babies across Bangladesh.”

During his speech, the British High Commissioner highlighted the significance of empowering younger ladies by means of midwifery schooling, which helps ladies to realizing their potential and contribute to a wholesome society. He reiterated the UK Government’s prioritization of ladies and ladies in its new International Development Strategy.

“I thank the Government of Bangladesh and hope that the Government will consider those recommendations the UK supported studies have proposed to further strengthen midwifery in Bangladesh”, he added.

Midwives play a important function in saving the lives of each moms and newborns. Bangladesh’s National Midwifery Programme has efficiently enabled hundreds of moms to offer start usually. Considering the necessity for his or her companies throughout the nation, greater than 20,000 midwives must be deployed to totally different well being services together with district and medical faculty hospitals within the close to future. To proceed these promising developments, the Government has created 5000 new midwifery posts.”

Ms Siddika Akter, the Chair of the seminar, Director General of the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)

For one decade, UNFPA Bangladesh has been a dedicated implementing associate of the UK who’s enjoying a major function in advancing the midwifery in Bangladesh. Dr. Vibhavendra Raghuyamshi, the Chief of Health, UNFPA, acknowledged, “It has been an immense pleasure for UNFPA to take part in conducting these studies, the findings of which are highly valuable. Professional midwives do not just play a critical role in preventing maternal and newborn deaths, but also providing family planning and gender-based violence response services to vulnerable women and girls. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, as well as our generous donors the United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada to ensure the life-saving services of midwives will become as widely in available Bangladesh as possible.”

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