The grants follow support received from the government of Sweden in early May 2020 towards UNFPA’s Covid-19 response efforts in Bangladesh
Sweden has granted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $0.53 million (4.6 million Swedish Krona) to help Bangladesh fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, $2.65 million (23 million Swedish Krona) was also granted to UNFPA to support the continuation of midwifery education and modeling midwifery-led care in Bangladesh in coming years.
A press release was issued by UNFPA Bangladesh in this regard on Thursday.
A virtual signing ceremony related to the grant took place in the presence of Ms Christine Johansson from the Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh and Dr Asa Torkelsson, UNFPA representative.
The grants follow support received from the government of Sweden in early May 2020 towards UNFPA’s Covid-19 response efforts in Bangladesh.
This additional support from Sweden allows UNFPA to expand the scope of crucial interventions in Covid-19 prevention, including the ensuring of triage and separated delivery areas for Covid-19 symptomatic women at both urban and rural government facilities. It will also serve to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for midwives and other healthcare workers.
Furthermore, the funding supports the continuation of ensuring sustainability of gender transformative, accessible, and quality sexual and reproductive health services by reducing maternal mortality and morbidity among the most neglected communities in Bangladesh.