|Selfie with staff and executive committee members of the Bangladesh Midwifery Society|
Jesmin and I felt relaxed presenting together, having honed our presentation skills in Dubai last week at the International Confederation of Midwives Regional Conference for Asia. The conference was a wonderful opportunity, not only to present our twinning work from Bangladesh but also to catch up with twinned partners from Nepal and Cambodia and the wider ICM community. We were honoured with a visit from Princess Muna al-Hussein, a global ambassador for nursing and midwifery. I was also delighted to have the company of my daughter Hannah (19) in Dubai. I've been away from home for almost 3 months with travel to Bangladesh and Uganda, so it was great to catch up, sharing a room and experiencing the sights of Dubai together. We watched a movie in the cinema and wandered around shopping malls, things we never get a chance to do in the UK.
|With my daughter Hannah at Dubai Mall|
|Kiran from Nepal and Chea Ath from Cambodia - previous twinning partners of the RCM and both presidents of their respective midwifery associations|
Once the elections are over in Bangladesh, we will be focusing on supporting the new executive committee, whilst honouring the contributions of the outgoing executive and ensure a smooth handover. We will be evaluating the first phase of the project during the next quarter and planning for a further three years of partnership. We are also interviewing for a new RCM Global Projects Officer, to be other half of my team, on the day after I return from Bangladesh so hopefully I can fight the jet-lag and stay awake for the duration of the interviews!