Young Midwives Leadership (YML) Program of Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS)
BMS has twinning with Royal College of Midwives (RCM) UK since 2017 supported by UNFPA. BMS under the project is running the Young Midwives Leadership (YML) Program since 2018. Till date 51 midwives received continuous leadership capacity development support from BMS through different trainings, coaching and mentorship support from the advisors of Royal College of Midwives (RCM)-UK. YML is a one-year program. Every year a new cohort of midwives are getting this support.
In 2018, the first cohort had started with five midwives. Later on, after election on Sep 2018, 15 executive board members including the five midwives were in the YML program from 2018 to 2019. In 2020, 7 and in 2021, 5 more midwives and 3 interns joined in the program through a selection process. In 2022, 15 newly elected executive board members and one intern joined the program.
Midwives under the YML program of BMS are working with profound reputation at their work place. YML members received skill development support from BMS on computer technology, English language, positive thinking, media advocacy, policy level advocacy, communication, documentation, event management and leadership. They are highly motivated for the development and improvement of the Midwifery profession in Bangladesh which is visible in different national and international forum’s presentations.
One of a former YML and Secretary of BMS, Mst. Karima Akter received award from the Asia Pacific Alliance on Human Resources (AAAH) for Health as a Midwife. Karima Akter and another YML, Tania Akter worked as a midwifery officer in deputation at the Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) from 2020 to 2021.