Midwifery Services Instituted in Bangladesh

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A new decision by the Bangladesh Government means that midwifery services will now be instituted within the country's health system. In recent years, Dalarna University (DU) has trained teachers in the field of midwifery. DU representatives were in Bangladesh when the decision was announced.
During a ceremony, documents were signed that establish the position of midwives within the health system in Bangladesh.  Attending the ceremony from Dalarna University were Kerstin Erlandsson and Margareta Persson (far right, front row).
During a ceremony, documents were signed that establish the position of midwives within the health system in Bangladesh. Attending the ceremony from Dalarna University were Kerstin Erlandsson and Margareta Persson (far right, front row).

"To be here from Dalarna University and see what our international efforts have resulted in leaves us both touched and proud," stated university lecturers Kerstin Erlandsson and Margareta Persson, who were in attendance at the ceremony where the decision was signed.

Those who trained to be midwives after 2013 have since worked as nurses. However, at the ceremony last week, which received great media attention, the profession of midwife has now been recognised and will be integrated as such in the health system of Bangladesh.

The ceremony was attended by newly qualified midwives, robed in pink, the colour symbolising midwifery in the country.

A representative from the Swedish embassy attended the ceremony and raised the historical significance of the midwife in Sweden in terms of women's health, drawing parallels with how midwives in Bangladesh can contribute to improvements for the health of both women and children, as well as rights within society.

"After the ceremony, a husband of one of the newly qualified midwives approached us to thank us, something that demonstrates the appreciation that exists for what Dalarna University has done," stated Kerstin Erlandsson.