in Bangladesh, SHPL has developed a revolutionary course for Bangladeshi women to gain training and skills needed to be self-sufficient
women's health care providers.
◊ Benefits of Community Maternity
Practitioner Course(CMP) Programs
CMP's benefit numerous groups including:
- Communities who use the skilled providers
women's health care providers
- Private Clinics that receive referred cases
- Private hospitals
- Government Agencies/ NGO's
CMP's also offer valuable skills to:
Private/Government Hospitals & Clinics. CMP's are trained to serve in clinics as nurses aids. They also bring
counseling skills on reproductive health and maternity issues. Urban clinics that provide family planning services,
including NGO's as well as government agencies that require midwifery or reproductive health experience.
◊ Entrepreneurial Benefits to Women
CMP's can practice
in their home villages through rural-level private practices, or provide care jointly with the village doctors. CMP's
may also employ their communities junior CMP's in their practice. These approaches enable women to earn a living
and maintain acceptable living standards.
The CMP approach can be transferred to most developing countries that
can benefit from these programs and courses.
The total cost per CMP student
for the nine-month course is $230, which is equivalent to Taka 15,000. To cover these costs, Society for Health Promotion
- Funds for student scholarships
- Soft loans
to help women start up their community obstetric practices.
- Support for establishing
more CMP centers.