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Interprofessional Project on Disability, Maternal and Child Health (IPODMCH)
Interprofessional Project on Disability, Maternal and Child Health (IPODMCH)

(September 16, 2012 - Insidermedicine)

Every year in developing countries, almost 500,000 women die and 1.5 million become disabled from issues relating to childbearing. In addition, approximately 11 million children die annually, the majority of deaths arising from preventable causes. Bangladesh has among the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world; in children with disabilities the mortality rate is 80%.

Research attributes high mortality to a lack of services, a shortage of trained health providers and referrals, low utilization of existing services, and issues around gender inequality and violence.

Maternal and child health (MCH) is a priority for the healthcare system of Bangladesh. The current level of services demonstrates the need for enhanced availability, quality, and accessibility of MCH and disability (MCHD) services.

This project responds to this need by increasing capacity and availability of multi-skilled community workers in interprofessional (IP) MCHD teams, and contributing to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality and disability rates. We work with men and women in communities to raise awareness of the benefits of seeking skilled health providers during pregnancy, during labour and postnatally, to ensure safe birth practices.

 At the policy level, by creating understanding of IP practice and inclusive MCHD services among policy makers and improving coordination, the project develops a replicable model for mainstreaming disability into MCH initiatives that will draw on experiences of IPMCHD services introduced at the regional level, and contribute to the inclusion of disability into Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally.

Please visit for more information on the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation.

The IPODMCH project is funded by The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Our Bangladesh partner is CRP-Bangladesh (The Centre for the Rehabilitation for the Paralysed).

The ICACBR is a part of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University.