Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce we have been chosen to lead a new four-year, $53.8 million Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP), funded by USAID. With a focus on the poor and underserved populations of rural and urban Bangladesh, the project will support the Ministry of Health in expanding delivery of essential health care services, including family planning, through collaboration with a network of local NGO-managed clinics.
“We are proud to take the lead on NHSDP in Bangladesh where we have such a longstanding history of collaboration with the NGO community and the people it serves." - Caroline CrosbieThe NGO Health Service Delivery Project calls upon Pathfinder’s 40-year history of working with Bangladeshi NGOs to improve service delivery and build institutional capacity. Capitalizing on Pathfinder’s technical experience in other countries, the project will also introduce innovative approaches for promoting optimal health behaviors and community participation while enhancing local ownership of service delivery.
“This is a particularly exciting award for several reasons.” Caroline Crosbie, Pathfinder’s Senior Vice President, said. “We are proud to take the lead on NHSDP in Bangladesh where we have such a longstanding history of collaboration with the NGO community and the people it serves. NHSDP gives us the opportunity to improve service delivery and capacity building with a combination of experience and creativity alongside partners we have enjoyed working with for years. And it is focused on an area deeply core to our work in Bangladesh for so many years—family planning.”
The project will focus on expanded access to and use of the essential services package to improve health outcomes and contribute to increasing use of contraception, and decreasing maternal, infant, and child mortality. As a recent article in The Economist pointed out, great strides have been made in family planning in Bangladesh, but there is still more to be done to meet these needs of underserved populations.
During Pathfinder’s long history in Bangladesh, we have been privileged to work extensively throughout the country, empowering underserved communities as a part of our Rural Service Delivery Project (RSDP) and the NGO Service Delivery Project (NSDP). The experience gained as a part of these ventures will guide us in successful implementation of the NGO Health Service Delivery Project.
Pathfinder will implement the NGO Health Service Delivery Project with the help of an accomplished team of partners including CARE International in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs, the John Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Brandeis University’s Institute for Global Health and Development, the Social Marketing Company, Rapport Bangladesh and Nari Uddug Kendra, among others.
The project incorporates both Bangladesh’s Millennium Development Goals and the goals of the Government of Bangladesh's Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program.
Want more on family planning work in Bangladesh? Read on: "No Surprise That The Economist Links Bangladesh Progress to Contraception."
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