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UNFPA, Embassy of Sweden praise role of midwives in Covid-19

Sweden is proud to support the development of the midwifery profession in Bangladesh, says Alexandra Berg von Linde

Update : 07 Mar 2022, 12:21 PM

With contributions amounting to $155 million between 2017-2022, Sweden has been a key supporter of UNFPA’s and the Bangladesh government’s efforts to improve the quality and availability of midwifery services and education in Bangladesh over the past decade. 

Sweden’s support has been particularly critical during the ongoing pandemic, as additional funding provided by Sweden has been used to improve the availability of remote reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services and to establish separate maternity wards for pregnant women with Covid-19 around the country. Furthermore, Sweden’s support has been crucial to ensuring the remote education of midwifery students, which has enabled thousands of midwifery students to graduate according to schedule.

On Sunday, a delegation from UNFPA and the Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka paid a visit to Dhaka Nursing College, Bangladesh Midwifery Society and Dhaka Medical College Hospital to interact with midwives and midwifery students about their experiences during the pandemic, said a press release.

The Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh, Alexandra Berg von Linde, and the UNFPA representative Dr Eiko Narita, joined the delegation.

“Midwives are the unsung heroes and key healthcare providers of sexual and reproductive health. I am very impressed by their important work. Providing quality education for midwives is essential for maintaining this crucial profession. Sweden is proud to support the development of the midwifery profession in Bangladesh, as well as contributing to the long-term goal of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity”, Alexandra Berg von Linde stated during the visit.

“It has been an inspiration to meet the midwives and midwifery students today. With the support of Sweden, these midwives have been able to support pregnant mothers deliver babies safely even during the Covid-19 period,” Dr Eiko Narita said at the end of the field mission. 

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