The Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have created a twinning partnership to strengthen the National Midwifery Programme in the country.
Before 2010, midwifery was not recognised as a separate profession until the Bangladesh Prime Minister deployed 3,000 midwives in a bid to improve maternal and new born health outcomes.
Twinning with other midwifery organisations has been highly recommended by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) as part of a capacity building strategy.
The four-year partnership between BMS and RCM, launched Thursday 6 July 2017, aims to strengthen midwifery and increase the demand for midwifery services.
By the end of the four years, the partnership hopes to have achieved organisational improvements to the BMS, improved capacity for advocacy for the midwifery profession in Bangladesh and better communication.
During the first year, preparations will be made for the BMS and RCM to build and define their twinning partnership.
Activities to ensure goals are met include; an assessment the BMS capacity using the Member Association Capacity Assessment Tool (MACAT) and a review of their governance and member communication systems, leading to an annual general meeting and election at the end of the first year.
The BMS was first established in 2010, beginning with more than 1,400 members.
This partnership follows on from the RCM’s experiences of strengthening midwifery globally through other successful twinning partnerships in Cambodia, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.
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