November 2018: CowaterSogema-supported nursing training institute recognised as Centre of Excellence
On 16 October 2018 the Director General of Nursing and Midwifery from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of Bangladesh awarded the Khulna Nursing Training Institute the status of Center of Excellence (CoE). The Nursing Training Institute was supported by CowaterSogema as part of the Human Resources for Health (HRH) project in Bangladesh funded by Global Affairs Canada. As a Centre of Excellence, the Institute is now expected to deliver quality education to nurse students, thereby preparing a cohort of high-quality nurses in Khulna and beyond. In addition, the CoE will serve as a site for peer learning for other institutes and effectively contribute to strengthen health systems in Bangladesh.
The training institute was assessed on criteria such as the teacher student ratio, access to library and laboratory facilities, management capacity of administrators and faculty, access to clinical practice, and the quality of physical facilities. It scored 95% on a checklist designed by the MoHFW whence a score of more than 80% secured the CoE designation. A total of five other institutes were assessed during the exercise.
Between 2012 and 2017, the HRH project trained approximately 1,280 nurse instructors on pedagogy, curriculum orientation, clinical supervision and midwifery education skills, provided teaching and learning material to 43 nursing institutes and completed major renovation and expansion of 15 nursing institutes on a priority basis to improve their physical facilities.
The Human Resources for Health is a $20 million Global Affairs Canada-funded project launched in 2012 to improve maternal and neonatal health of poor women, girls and boys in Bangladesh. It did so by improving the government’s management of public nurse midwifery training and services at the national level and improving maternal and neonatal health services provided to the poor by training nurses, midwives and community birth attendants.