The country's existing health service providers can give only 41 percent of the care needed by infants and mothers.
As a result, majority of women's needs in reproductive, maternal and newborn health remain unmet which results in maternal and child deaths.
At present, only 32 percent of pregnant women are attended during birth by skilled birth attendants.
Moreover, due to financial constraints and a lack of accessibility in rural areas, the services are not equally provided to all mothers. The main reason behind this is that midwifery is not considered an “autonomous profession” in Bangladesh.
The observations came in a study report titled “State of the World's Midwifery 2014”, launched yesterday at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital.
The United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare together prepared it.