Joy Kemp is a Global Professional Advisor for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), and a volunteer with CMNH. Here she talks about a new twinning partnership between the RCM and Bangladesh Midwifery Society.
The RCM and the Bangladesh Midwifery Society started a new twinning partnership in June 2017. Initially for one year, this may extend for a further three years if successful. The project is part of a larger midwifery strengthening project in Bangladesh, funded by UK-Aid and UNFPA.
Activities for the first year include setting up the twinning partnership, undertaking an organisational assessment using the MACAT tool, identifying and engaging stakeholders, visiting all 8 branches (divisions) around the country, developing a new membership database, employing a staff member as executive assistant, writing a newsletter, developing capacity in advocacy, making some improvements to the office, holding an AGM and conducting elections for the executive committee. A busy year!