Human Resources for Health

Reporting Organization:Cowater International
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 19,700,000
Timeframe: November 8, 2010 - February 28, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Cowater International

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 19,700,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (80 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (20 %)

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This project aims to improve maternal and neonatal health status of poor women, girls and boys. It provides technical assistance, equipment, and teaching and learning aids to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to improve the quality of education for nurse midwives and community skilled birth attendants. It also provides support to the Ministry to rationalize the rules for recruiting, posting, promoting and training nurse midwives. Activities include: training nursing teachers and supervisors in pedagogy and midwifery; providing teaching and learning aids to public sector nursing institutes; repairing nursing institutes; strengthening the Bangladesh Nursing Council so it can enforce standards at nursing training institutes; supporting the installation of a nursing management information system at the Directorate of Nursing Services; and supporting training and supervision of community skilled birth attendants. The project works with the Directorate of Nursing Services, the Bangladesh Nursing Council and the Human Resource Development Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of April 2014 include: (1) strengthening the ability of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Directorate of Nursing Services to manage effectively. The project has developed a pool of 18 master trainers who have trained 73 senior nurse managers on basic planning and supervisory management skills; (2) designing and developing a Personnel Management Information System for the Directorate of Nursing Services to better manage the recruitment of nurses; (3) designing and developing a registration database for the Bangladesh Nursing Council to allow them to track the 33,198 registered nurses and nurse-midwives and 6,222 community skilled birth attendants; (4) strengthening the capacity of 43 public sector nursing institutes across Bangladesh to deliver good quality diploma-level training to 1,800 nursing students per year; (5) training 591 community skilled birth attendants at public and private sector training institutes, 345 of whom have graduated and assisted at 3,885 deliveries and provided post-natal care to 5,696 women to date.

These results are contributing to ensuring the effective management of public nurse midwifery training and services at the national level and improving the quality of maternal and newborn health services for the poor.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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