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DMP OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIVES (IDM)

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On May 5, DMP celebrated International Day of the Midwives (IDM) 2020 with a series of virtual events. An essay writing competition was organized on the ‘Role of midwives in COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh’, among the students. Apart from that, an e-poster on the theme of the year, ‘Midwives with women: celebrate, demonstrate, mobilize, unite - our time is NOW’ was prepared and shared in the DMP’s social media page and with partner organizations and stakeholders. Besides, a three minutes video report on ‘Midwife Led Care Center (MLC) was also prepared, highlighting  respectful maternity care and was shared in the DMP’s social media page and JPGSPH which reached to around 13000 face book users.

 

DMP CELEBRATES SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY (SMD)

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 On 28th May, 2020 DMP observed virtual ‘Safe Motherhood’ day with DGHS and contributed in publishing a poster both virtually and on a newspaper Daily Samakal in collaboration with Save the Children. This poster was also shared in the DMP’s social media page. In addition, an event on poster drawing on the theme “করোনাকালে ঘরে থাকি, মা, শিশুকে নিরাপদ রাখি" was organized where students from all academic sites participated spontaneously. Three collages were formed with the better posters and uploaded in the social media page. The Team Leader of DMP explained the importance of observing this day through a video message and it was also shared in DMP’s social media page. 

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020 CELEBRATED

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March 10, 2020  

DMP observed International Women’s Day 2020 in its all-academic sites in a festive manner on 8th March. Celebrating the day, academic sites organized debate, role play, recitation in line with the theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. 

In all academic site, debate was arranged as competition on “Midwives can ensure equality in health rights for the women of next generation”. Besides debate, students did role play on issues like, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, dowry, road safety and women etc which aimed at augmenting awareness on social issue. Student’s at all academic sites recited poems which was on the theme of women’s day. Guests and students wrote their wishes in the wish board on how a violence free society can be created. On top of students, government high officials also joined the day celebration and shared their experience on women’s right with students in a bid inspiring them. 

In Dhaka academic site, besides debate and role play, poem recitation was arranged as competition and students staged small scale drama on book Sultana’s Dream, written by Begum Rokeya. As a guest Suriya Begum, Registrar of Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC) were present in the inauguration program who appreciated efforts of BRAC for developing skilled and dedicated midwives across the country. Dr. Selina Amin, Sharmina Islam, and other guest presented in the program gave away prize to the winners of debate and recitation. 

 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT TRAINING HELD AT SYLHET 

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January 18, 2020 

As a part of regular refresher training and ongoing development initiatives for faculties of DMP, a 10 days long Faculty Development Training held from 7 to 16 January at FIVDB academic site. 

The training refreshed and updated the knowledge of those faculties who got faculty development training in July 2019 and made the newly appointed faculty familiar with the midwifery education system and midwifery skills. The training also oriented participants about the updated curriculum and assessment system by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) so that they all have common understanding and remains on the same page.

From the training, participants learned; how to deliver lectures in more interactive ways at their classes and clinical placement; were able to enrich and refresh their existing knowledge about modular orientation, contents of the modules and practical skills from the experts; new faculties were oriented with the midwifery curriculum, modular orientation, contents of the modules, practical skills and also with other faculties of different academic sites. 

54 Teaching Staff that include Sr. Instructors, Course – Coordinators, Instructors, Junior Instructors and Alternate Resource Faculty (ARF) from BRAC University and six other partner organizations attended the major training. In the training Dr. Ahmed-Al-Sabir, conducted a session on Health and Family Planning indicators while Eminent Professor, Sayeba Akter conducted session on Sayeba’s Method of PPH management.

On the occasion of this training, an inauguration ceremony was arranged on 9 January which was attended by Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury; Dr. Ahmed-Al-Sabir; Dr. Selina Amin; Zahid Hossain, Director, LEP, FIVDB where Mohammad Kutub Uddin, Director of Family Planning, Sylhet Division was present as a chief guest. Dr. Himangshu lal Roy, Deputy Director of Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital also joined the inauguration ceremony.

 

DMP ATTENDED TWENTY-EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE AND FORTY-SIXTH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

28th Scientific Conference and AGM at Coxsbazar

 December 22, 2019

Representatives of the DMP attended 28th ‘International Scientific Conference and the 46th AGM with the theme ‘Quality Care for Women’s Health’ organized by Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) on 18-21 December 2019. Dr Selina Amin, Project Director DMP & Head, Midwifery Education Programme, was present as a panellist at a roundtable session on ‘Promoting Vaginal Birth and Optimizing CS’ where she shared her views in favour of midwives. On the following day, Dr Selina Amin gave a presentation on ‘Respectful maternity care as an integral part of midwifery Impact in increasing normal vaginal delivery’ and Dr Sharmina Rahman, Strategic Advisor, presented on ‘Community engagement in Midwifery education enhanced the competence and confidence of midwives.’

 

DEVELOPING MIDWIVES PROJECT (DMP) CELEBRATED 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

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December 15, 2019

DMP celebrated 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls on 12 December 2019. This year’s theme was ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape.’ On this occasion, DMP, BRACU Hub shared a book amongst students of all 7academic sites of the partner organizations. The book, titled ‘If Only Someone Had Broken the Silence’ by Kamla Bhasin, is about sexual violence on children. Based on the book, a drama was developed and staged which was evaluated by inspiring local women. These women also shared their journey towards becoming a woman leader to inspire students. Some academic sites also arranged a discussion session on midwifery and cultural programmes on the theme. In the LAMB academic site, a rally was brought outside the campus.

In Dhaka, urban academic students were divided into 10 groups. Guests visited all groups and evaluated their performances. Dr Kaosar Afsana, Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, was present as a special guest and she shared her journey of growing up as a woman leader.

 

DMP PARTICIPATED IN THE SYMPOSIUM COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHW)

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25 November 2019

DMP supported and participated in the 2nd International Symposium on Community Health Workers which took place from 22 to 24 November 2019 at the hotel Pan Pacific Sonargoan, Dhaka.

In the symposium DMP participated in the panel discussion: ‘ Midwives as a part of Health Workforce’ where Project Director of DMP gave a presentation on ‘ Midwife as Community Health Worker’ while Dr. Sharmina Rahman, Strategic advisor had the presentation on ‘ Midwife Led Care Centers, Importance For Skills Building’. Both presentations generated interest among the participants on Midwifery. In addition, DMP was allocated a stall in the symposium, where it successfully showcased its overall project activities.

 

DMP CELEBRATED OPEN SCHOOL DAY

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November 10, 2019

DMP observed ‘Open School Day’ program across seven academic sites in November 2019. On this occasion, academic sites organized discussions on midwifery education in the country coupled with cultural events. Apart from these programs, stalls on family planning, nutrition, vaginal delivery and helping baby’s breath, postpartum hemorrhage were exhibited to augment awareness on health issues. People from the local community visited stalls displayed by midwifery students and received relevant information related to health and hygiene.


DMP & MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) TOGETHER HELD A TRAINING SESSION ON UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH

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6 November 2019 

Intending to ensure student’s wellbeing, DMP partnered with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to design a simple training on understanding mental health sessions for 14 Gender Focals and Hostel Managers on 5 November 2019 at the LAMB Academic Site, Dinajpur. Monira Rahman, National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid Bangladesh and Rubina Jahan, Counsellor of DMP, conducted the training sessions.

 

MOU SIGNING BETWEEN DMP AND DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF FAMILY PLANNING ON MLC

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October 31,2019

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Developing Midwives Project, BRAC JPGSPH and Directorate General of Family Planning, GoB to open up and operate a 24/7 Midwife-Led Care Centre (MLC). As per this memorandum, Developing Midwives Project will be assisting the Union Health and Family Welfare Centre in Charikata, Sylhet to operate a maternity centre which will be providing all sorts of maternal, antenatal, neonatal and family planning services to the local community.

This Midwife-Led Care Centre will have trained professional graduate midwives round the clock, who have received their education from BRAC University. The midwives working in the MLC will be available to serve the mothers and help them to avail proper care during their pregnancy. They will ensure safe and respectful maternity for them and a healthy beginning for their babies. 

 

DMP TEAM ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON MIDWIFERY  

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Dr. Selina Amin ; Dr. Sharmina Rahman; Kalpana Roy, Team Leader of DMP along with senior instructors attended “1st HOPE Midwifery Conference-2019” hosted by HOPE Foundation ' which took place from 28th to  29th September at the Long Beach Hotel, Cox’s Bazar. DMP presented a paper on ‘maintaining standard of midwifery education and areas to focus’ in the conference. Two graduated midwives (Moni Begum and Parbati Sutradhar) received national championship award in the event for their exemplary performance in midwifery. 

Besides conference, a day long workshop was conducted on 30th September at HOPE Foundation training center which was attended by BRAC’s James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRACU.   

 

DEAN OF HARVARD SCHOOL VISITED DHAKA ACADEMIC SITE

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2nd August, 2019 

Michelle A Williams, Dean of the Faculty Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Richard A Cash, Senior Lecturer, Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health paid a visit to Dhaka academic site. They visited the whole campus especially computer lab and library where they talked to students regarding their study, daily lives at dormitory. Visitors were happy at the student’s skill and also became inspired by midwifery education program. They left a message on the visitor comment book, ‘the practice of service of mothers and children is a gift to Bangladesh and to the world.’

 

SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY CELEBRATED 

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MAY 30, 2019 

With the theme, ‘Dignity and Right: Pledge to Midwife Service at Health Centers’ DMP celebrated the Safe Motherhood Day-2019 across its seven academic sites in a befitting manner on 28th May. Celebrating the day academic sites organized debate, essay writing competitions where midwifery students participated. ‘Is the government doing enough to change the public's view toward midwives’ was given as subject of debate.  Besides, discussion meetings also took place while observing the day to bring out major problems and challenges related to safe motherhood in the country. 

In addition, students of some academic site visited local community, invited local residents to avail free health check-ups, free medicine services, Antenatal & Post natal checkup and Family Planning Services etc from the stalls which was arranged on this occasion. People from local community came and received various kinds of services given by midwifery students. 

 

DMP OBSERVED INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE 

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May 6, 2019 

With the theme “Midwives: Defender of women rights”, Developing Midwives Project (DMP) has observed International day of the Midwife-2019 on May 5. Celebrating the day academic sites organized rallies, free midwife service camp and discussion sessions. The Dhaka Academic Site celebrated the day jointly with the national program which was arranged by DGNM where current students took part in the rally. Soon after that there was a national discussion session where Member of Parliament Murad Hossain, Director General Tandra Shikder of DGNM and other dignitaries from Canadian High Commission, UNFPA were present. 

Apart from this, DMP took different initiatives to advocate for midwifery education and profession. On this significant day, a mass media campaign was initiated by the hub along with stakeholders like Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC), Department of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM), Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) to reach the mass population, which included TV talk shows and Op-Editorials in online news media. On behalf of BRAC University’s JPGSPH, Selina Amin participated in the talk show ‘Maternal Health’ which was aired in the Independent TV. 

In the 2nd talk-show ‘ Midwife and Maternal Safety’ in Nagorik tv was telecasted where Project Director, Team Leader of Midwifery Education, Kalpana Roy ; and Assistant Director General of DGHS, Nasima Sultana shared their valuable insights on midwifery in Bangladesh. The 3rd talk show was arranged with another popular television Deepto tv Dr. Sharmina Rahman, OGSB President, Professor Sameena Chowdhury and BNMC Registrar Suraiya Begum were present as key discussants. 

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER VISITED SHIMANTIK ACADEMIC SITE 

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 May 30, 2019

Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner on 29 May visited Shimantik academic site where he had discussion with DMP faculty. Besides, visited academic sites premise, discussed with students and observed skill practice. The British High Commissioner was impressed with knowledge and skills of midwifery students.


DFID TEAM VISITED SHIMANTIK AND FIVDB ACADEMIC SITE

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March 2019 

A team of four members of DFID Bangladesh, Fahmida Shabnam, Team Leader, Human Development Team: Dr. Shehlina Ahmed, Health Adviser; Alexandra Bayfield, Social Development Adviser; Roqibul Islam, Programme Management Adviser visited Shimantik and FIVDB academic site including Charikata Union Health and Family Welfare Canter ( UH &FWC) and Midwife Led Care Canter, (MLC), Sylhet. During the visit, visitors also had conversation with midwives and became impressed with knowledge, skills and the confidence of midwives. They were also satisfied with the respectful maternal services provided from MLC.

 

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Newspaper and Online

A group of media personnel have visited Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox's Bazar, where BRAC University Midwifery Graduates are providing their services to the communities. The trip took place on September 26th. Altogether 5 television, 3 online and one print media representative took part in it.

Bdnews24.com; https://bit.ly/35VfNqQ 
Banglatribune.com: https://bit.ly/2EMXt7f 
Sarabanglanet: https://bit.ly/2Zf74Ns 
Dhaka Tribune.com: 
https://bit.ly/34HBPfa  
https://bit.ly/2PNNYeb 
https://bit.ly/2QaeLQR 

TV Report

News24; https://bit.ly/2sY7jjK 
Somoy TV: https://bit.ly/2ZhKQui  
Independent TV: https://bit.ly/34Qr4XM 

Report on Midwife Led Care Centre by Daily Daily Prothom Alo: https://bit.ly/2QbqpLp

 

Article on Midwifery Education

 

An article on challenges of private midwifery education written by Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, and Dr. Selina Amin published in the popular online portal bdnews24c.om on 20 August. Please find the link below: https://bit.ly/2qQ1hkD 

 

Article by same authors on challenges of midwifery education in the private sector published on July 29 in the leading English daily, Daily Star. Please find the link below: https://bit.ly/35q1mdW 

 

Daily Prothom Alo, one of the leading dailies published a cover story in its anniversary supplementary on 8 November of Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury advisor of the DMP project. Please find the link below. https://bit.ly/2rESId7 

Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor of the project, Rubina Jahan wrote an article on mental health of mothers and role of midwives which published in the bdnews24.com on 5 May. Please find the link below. https://bit.ly/35JiKdY.   

 

Talkshow on Midwifery Day 2019

Deepto TV: https://bit.ly/36xRoYv  
Independent TV: https://bit.ly/2ZYlDp5 
Nagorik TV: https://bit.ly/2tEv2Wx 

 

 

 

 

Progress Report

DMP Progress Report 6th Quarter Jan-Mar 2018 
DMP Progress Report 7th Quarter Apr-Jun 2018 
DMP Progress Report 8th Quarter Jul-Sep 2018 
DMP Progress Report 9th Quarter Oct-Dec 2018 

 

DMP TEAM ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON MIDWIFERY 

30 September 2019

Dr. Selina Amin ; Dr. Sharmina Rahman; Kalpana Roy, Team Leader of DMP along with senior instructors attended “1st HOPE Midwifery Conference-2019” hosted by HOPE Foundation ' which took place from 28th to  29th September at the Long Beach Hotel, Cox’s Bazar. DMP presented a paper on ‘maintaining standard of midwifery education and areas to focus’ in the conference. Two graduated midwives (Moni Begum and Parbati Sutradhar) received national championship award in the event for their exemplary performance in midwifery.

Besides conference, a day long workshop was conducted on 30th September at HOPE Foundation training center which was attended by BRAC’s James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRACU.