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Photo exhibition to raise awareness about the role of midwifery

Inauguration of photo exhibition to raise awareness about the role of midwifery in health care. To mark the recent International Day of the Midwife 2015, the Director of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital (SOMCH), Brigadier General Dr Md Abdus Sabur Miah and Principal of the Sylhet Nursing College Ms Shilpi Chakraborty, jointly inaugurated a photography exhibition on “Midwifery Education”.

It was held on 17 September 2015 at the Sylhet Nursing College to raise awareness about the role of midwifery in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

Ms Chakraborty described the aim of the exhibition as – “Through this photo exhibition, students, teachers and others will be sensitized on the activities of midwives and people in Sylhet can realize the importance of conducting deliveries by trained midwives”.

The exhibited photographs were taken by renowned Nepal-based American photographer Mr Thomas Kelly in early 2014 and reflected scenes and images related to young families, childbirth and midwifery education in Bangladesh.

After visiting the exhibition, Brigadier General Dr. Md. Abdus Sabur Miah said that, “This photo exhibition has given me the impression that the midwives are now getting quality training and education. I am sure that in future, midwives will be able to deliver quality services and will play a key role in saving the lives of mothers and newborns”.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide technical assistance to the Sylhet Nursing College.

The objective is for the college to enhance practical midwifery education with the support of the international midwife expert who is supervising the midwifery instructors and developing a mentorship concept to help midwifery students enhance their competencies. “Midwives changing the world one family at a time” is a theme that has been used by the international midwifery community.

It sends a strong signal that midwives provide care that changes families, communities and the world by saving the lives of mothers and babies. They are having an impact on a local as well as global level. Adequately educated and resourced professional midwives are crucial to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

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