Bangladesh: Marking the International Day of the Midwife

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

International Midwives' Day on May 5th was observed at EPOS Health Management project sites in Sylhet, Rajshahi and Narayanganj in Bangladesh. Midwifery is a relatively new profession in Bangladesh and observing a day which focuses on the role of midwives and midwifery helps acknowledge and give prominence to the essential role played by midwives.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) launched the International Day of the Midwife formally in 1992 to highlight the profession of midwifery and to serve as an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of what midwives do for the world.

EPOS is implementing the "Addressing Bangladesh’s Demographic Challenges” project in Bangladesh together with GIZ and is helping to improve provision of family planning and mother-and-child health care services.

Top cover photo and below: Nurses of the 300-bed Hospital in Khanpur, Narayanganj, held a rally.

Photo below: Midwifery students, nurses, teachers and faculty of the Rajshahi Nursing College organized a rally and a health camp.

Photo below: A trainee midwife is checking the vital signs of a pregnant mother visiting the community education programme organized by Rajshahi Nursing College.

Photo below: Midwifery students, nurses, teachers and faculty of Sylhet Nursing College organized a rally and a health camp.

Photo below: The Director of the Sylhet Osmani Medical College inaugurating the free health camp organized by Sylhet Nursing College to observe International Day of the Midwife 2017.