Christophe Mortier


Article: Midwifery care saves lives in rural communities

by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood.

90% of graduates from the first batch have secured a government job by qualifying in Bangladesh Public Service Commission exams. 

Our Approach

In collaboration with Bangladesh's goal to train 500 midwives in the next four years, we strategically recruit students from areas where maternal mortality rates are high to participate in the three-year Community-based Midwifery Diploma Programme at BRAC University. This "hub and spoke" program began in 2013 and is funded by the British Department for International Development. Our duty as the "spoke" institution is to deploy graduates into the rural villages of Cox's Bazar armed with the expertise to serve as the epicenters of maternal health in their communities. As midwives are usually the first line of defense in rural communities, we HOPE to continue training these health care professionals for as long as possible. 

Why Midwifery Matters

Each year there are 5,090,000 pregnancies and this is expected to increase by 20% by 2030.


Midwives save lives

“One day a lady came in for an
afternoon delivery, but the baby wasn’t doing well. The mom delivered quickly and the baby came
out not crying. At first, we stimulated the baby but the baby wasn’t crying. Another midwife said
that this baby has no heartbeat and isn’t breathing. We let the Doctor on call know and kept
trying to resuscitate the baby. The doctor came in and declared that the baby was dead
because she didn’t hear a heartbeat or see breathing. After this, we started compressions and
after 5 minutes of compressions the started breathing and we also noted a heartbeat. Because
we did what we were trained to do the baby is now alive and doing well. This kind of thing
makes me very happy.

Rujina Akter,

HOPE Midwife

I am becoming a midwife because a midwife works with a mother through her hardest time. It is at
this time that I am able to help her. I am proud of the skills I have and am able to share. I
am also contributing to reducing maternal and infant mortality rates. This is why I love being a

Susmista Day,
HOPE Midwife

"I decided to become a midwife because a very close relative died from postpartum hemorrhage.
I saw that the mortality rate for mom and babies can be changed through training for midwives.
My mother is a nurse so it has affected me personally and I grew up

Akhy Mony,
HOPE Midwife