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Bangladesh college opens to nursing students

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On 1 March the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh opened its doors to its first cohort of 40 nursing students.

The college established by Glasgow Caledonian University in conjunction with 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is aimed at raising standards of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh which will help address maternal and infant mortality rates.

It will take four years and nine months for the Grameen nurses to graduate with a BSc in Nursing. 

Professor Yunus, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from GCU in December 2008 has undertaken a collaboration with the university to deliver various projects and benefits based on GCU’s teaching and research strengths. 

As a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre and one of the UK’s top ten universities for allied health research, GCU’s Director of Global Health Development, Professor Barbara Parfitt with colleagues in Bangladesh, has spent the last six months setting up the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing within the Grameen Bank Complex in Bangladesh in order to assist in developing nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh to an international standard and to prepare nurse leaders in Bangladesh for the future

“We have  started everything from scratch,” said Professor Parfitt.

“We have been allocated two floors in a building within the Grameen Complex. These are now operational as two classrooms, academic staff and administrative staff offices, a library and a computer lab.  We are currently designing the clinical simulation lab and providing accommodation for our students on site. Students are living in the training hostel, but in order to accommodate them all we have provided bunk beds in each dormitory for 16 students.”

The opening of the College is seen as a step towards addressing the imbalance between the number and doctors and nurses in Bangladesh and high maternal and child mortality rates. It also aims to develop nurse leaders for Bangladesh in the future.

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  • This project is a wonderful opportunity for the Bangladesh community. Who is funding this project? If they are funded by the British government, then this country will have more nurses. There are nurses, like myself, who live in this country who can not work, due to childcare responsibilities, a husband who works too much non paid overtime and with low wages(exploited) and the most pressing issue of all, the fact that we were forced to apply for housing benefit because we can not afford to live in a two bed flat(rents are high in almost every area in London). If I work just once a month(nursing agency), my cash flow is taken into account by housing benefit and I can not benefit from it and or save for my child's future, meanwhile a person who rents from social housing,(low rent is a benefit without penalty from the government) can save for their child's future. Recently my employer has forced me to be on the inactive list( because I am unable to work as much as they require) which means I am not entitled to free yearly education I need to keep myself updated in Health and Safety etc. and other courses. Now I must pay for the courses and where can I apply for my funding?
    If the women have the benefit of living in the UK, they will be provided with the options of accepting benefits, firstly they will be provided a flat, with a very low rent, and guided in their job prospects, given free english classes and/or computer classes, etc. and other opportunities most likely not known to me. Their opportunities are much greater than mine, so I will conclude and say , lucky for them.

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