Two pieces of good news – First, Hope Foundation just had a week-long midwifery residential training programme at the hospital in Cox’s Bazaar, which was taught by nurses and midwives who work in birthing units. It was very successful and we are so thankful to our volunteer nurses, doctors and midwives who shared their skills.
Secondly, our official midwifery training program is due to begin next month! This past week on 30 November, 200 potential midwifery students of Hope Foundation took their written test. 30 of these participants will be selected for the two-year long midwifery training programme as well as an internship at Hope Foundation hospital that will be one year in length. The programme begins January 2013. Within four years – by 2016 – Hope Foundation will have trained at least 100 midwives to provide prenatal care, a safe birth environment, and attentive postpartum care to mothers who choose to give birth at Hope Foundation hospital or at home with a midwife’s support. It is a wonderful education opportunity for women living in the Cox’s Bazaar area, and most helpful to have a midwife from your own village that you already know and trust. These highly trained women will be protecting women and babies in rural areas where the current infant and maternal mortality rates are dangerously high. We are anxious to see what positive outcomes their work will bring.
Thank you all for donating to support these women’s ambitions to save lives and ensure the safety of women and children in the Cox’s Bazaar area.
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Ramu, South Mitachari,