While Bangladesh has made gains in maternal health provisions, there are still gaps and unmet need for services. Bangladesh has trained over 7 000 midwives, and many more midwifery educators are needed to serve the country’s population of 140 million with midwifery services. In April 2016 the first nursing faculty teaching midwifery students at nursing institutes across Bangladesh were enrolled in a blended online and onsite master’s programme with the Dalarna University, Sweden. The programme content focused the subject sexual, reproductive and perinatal health and was the first of its kind in Asia. The graduating faculty members were expected to be in a position to deliver higher quality education to the midwifery students (1, 2). To date, the team of teachers from Dalarna University has trained 150 midwifery educators (3). The current proposal from the University is that an equivalent to the Swedish Master's programme should be established in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has made gains in education of midwives, there are still gaps and unmet need for educators with skills and knowledge in the subject of midwifery. During a period of transition, open seminars will be held at Dalarna University for all alumni who want to attend, with the hope on the part of the team of Dalarna university teachers being that they provide inspiration for high-quality midwifery education in Bangladesh.
Erlandsson, K, Byrskog, U, Sinclair, C B, & Pedersen, C. Bangladesh to take over the training of midwifery educators: A Commentary Paper. Journal of Asian Midwives. 2023;10(1):44–47.