Christophe Mortier

The Problem

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

  • 72% of child-bearing women live in rural areas where healthcare access is limited or non-existent.

  • To achieve universal access to sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn care, 4.3 million pregnancies per year need attending to by a trained health professional.

  • Only 41% of the current health workforce is available to women to provide necessary maternal and newborn health interventions. 

The Program

HOPE Foundation is training Bangladesh’s first classes of midwives as part of a “hub and spoke” program titled “Community-based Midwifery Diploma Program”. This program is funded by the British Department for International Development and in partnership with BRAC University; HOPE, selected as a “spoke” institution, began training the first class of 30 midwives in 2013.

Our Approach

Bangladesh is currently training 500 midwives throughout the next 4 years through the Community-based Midwifery Diploma Programme. We select the students strategically from areas where maternal mortality rates rank highest.  It is HOPE’s goal to deploy these midwives into the rural villages of Cox’s Bazar upon graduation to serve as the epicenters of maternal health in their communities. 


We HOPE to continue training midwives for as long as possible. Our midwives are the key to lowering the rate of Maternal Mortality in Bangladesh. This project is only sustainable with continued and strong partnerships and valuable donations from our donors. 

These midwives will truly make a difference in saving the lives of mothers and their babies, as well as transitioning delivery from a risk to a beautiful experience. Midwives are the solution for improving Bangladesh’s maternal health. It is calculated that throughout their 30 year career span these midwives will drive down maternal mortality from 194 to 35/100,000; infant mortality from 52 to 12/1,000 and save 36,178 lives.

Over the period 2012–2017, almost 80 per cent of live births worldwide occurred with the assistance of skilled health-care personnel. -Sustainable Development Goals