PWRDF is pleased to announce that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will be contributing $452,147 to PWRDF’s maternal and child health work in Bangladesh over three years as part of the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. “We are very pleased to be able to continue our decades-long relationship with CIDA,” said Zaida Bastos, PWRDF’s CIDA Program Coordinator.
The Bangladesh program will train 650 midwives who will work with 63,000 mothers and 94,500 children under the age of 5 in 130 villages in Bangladesh. The midwives will provide education as well as pre- and post-natal care to the mothers and children and will also make referrals to health care beyond the village level should it be necessary. “These 130 villages currently do not have health clinics or trained health workers,” Bastos explained. “Trained midwives who can provide education about health issues as well as access to basic health care will help to save the lives of mothers and children in the villages.”
PWRDF will work with long-term partner UBINIG to implement this program. UBINIG has worked in sustainable development policy and implementation in Bangladesh since 1984. Their executive director, Farida Akhter, was a member of the PWRDF Board of Directors.