The government of Sweden has committed an additional grant of Swedish Krona (SEK) 4.6 million for supporting COVID-19 and midwifery responses in Bangladesh.
As the world continues to implement measures to mitigate the spread of (Covid-19, the government of Bangladesh has made considerable efforts to address the pandemic and maintain essential services while responding to the needs of COVID-19 patients.Christine Johansson, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh, and Dr. Asa Torkelsson, Representative of UNFPA in Bangladesh, entered into a deal through a virtual ceremony on Thursday to foster the project.
This grant followed the additional support received from Sweden in early May 2020 towards UNFPA’s COVID-19 response efforts in Bangladesh. In addition, SEK 23 million was also granted to UNFPA to support the continuation of midwifery education and modeling midwifery-led care in Bangladesh in coming years.
The additional support from Sweden allows UNFPA to expand the scope of crucial interventions in Covid-19 prevention including ensuring triage and separated delivery areas for corona symptomatic women at both urban and rural government facilities.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) for midwives and other healthcare workers are also included in the scheme.
Besides, the funding support aims at continuing sustainability of gender transformative, accessible, and quality sexual and reproductive health services by reducing maternal mortality and morbidity among most left behind communities in Bangladesh.