NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP)

The NGO Health Service Delivery Project provides capacity building and technical assistance to local NGOs to help improve rural and urban access to quality health services throughout Bangladesh.

In celebration of World Population Day on July 11th, 2013, the NGO Health Service Delivery Project raised awareness about adolescent pregnancy with rallies, roundtable discussions, and events at local clinics throughout Bangladesh.


Pathfinder recently launched the NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP), a four-year, $53.8 million USAID-funded initiative in Bangladesh. The project’s primary focus is providing technical assistance and capacity building to local nongovernmental organizations to provide quality services for poor and underserved populations throughout Bangladesh. Expanded access to and uptake of essential health care services will improve health outcomes and contribute to decreasing fertility and maternal, infant, and child mortality.

Pathfinder works with an accomplished team of partners in NHSDP’s implementation, including CARE/Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, the Social Marketing Company, Rapport Bangladesh, and Nari Uddug Kendra.

project Profile

NHSDP is USAID's largest investment in Bangladesh’s health sector. 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. The project complements the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to reach the poor and underserved population of the country with quality services at little to no cost.


NSHDP is building a more effective and efficient network of partner NGO clinics to support the delivery of services in population, health, and nutrition across the country. NHSDP interventions will lead to:

  1. Increased access and use of essential primary health care services
  2. Improved healthy behaviors and care seeking practices
  3. Enhanced ownership of service delivery by partner NGOs

The project supports the delivery of primary health care through a nationwide network called Surjer Hashi, or "Smiling Sun." The network consists of 26 local NGOs, 327 static clinics, 8,838 satellite clinics, and 6,320 community service providers. NHSDP serves approximately 20 million people (13 percent of the population) through this massive network. The project is now assessing the capacity building needs of NGOs and will incorporate results of this rapid assessment into performance-based grants within the first year of implementation.

Delivery of the “Essential Service Package”

NHSDP supports delivery of an “essential service package” (ESP) of quality primary health care through its extensive nationwide network. The essential service package includes access to:

Reproductive health

Safe motherhood, family planning, maternal nutrition, youth-friendly services, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, infertility prevention and treatment and neonatal care

Child health

Immunization, nutrition, treatment for acute respiratory infection, and integrated management of childhood illness

Behavior change communication


Communicable disease control

Tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and AIDS

Limited curative care

Treatment of common cold, fever, pain relief, eye care, accidents, injuries, and primary care of non-communicable diseases



Your support is critical to ensuring our work can continue. Your gift of $25 or $50 helps women and families access contraception, maternal and newborn care services, and a range of other reproductive health services.

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