NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP)
In 2012, Pathfinder launched the NGO Health Service Delivery Project, a four-year USAID-funded initiative in Bangladesh. The project’s primary focus is providing technical assistance and capacity building to local NGOS to provide quality services for poor and underserved populations. 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.
NHSDP supports delivery of an “essential service package” of quality primary health care through its extensive nationwide network. The essential service package includes access to: Reproductive health, child health, behavior change communication, communicable disease control, and limited curative care.
The project 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:
- Increased access and use of essential primary health care services
- Improved healthy behaviors and care seeking practices
- 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.
In 2007, Pathfinder began work on the Grameenphone Safe Motherhood and Infant Care Project, continuing Pathfinder's commitment to providing quality reproductive health services in Bangladesh that began in the early 1950s.
Mayer Shasthya: Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality due to Postpartum Hemorrhage and Eclampsia in a Select Area of Bangladesh
Mayer Shasthya (Mother's Health) was a two year community-based intervention funded by Pathfinder and World Bank to save mother's lives in rural Bangladesh.
As the lead organization on the NGO Service Delivery Project (NSDP), implemented from 2002-2007, Pathfinder partnered with more than 30 local NGOs to provide free maternal health, infant care, and primary care services to the poorest of the poor.
Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.
Pathfinder's Surjer Hashi Clinic (Smiling Sun) has unified Bangladesh's Teknaf community towards one goal: save pregnant mother. Among the many innovations introduced by clinic, one has been the demarcation of houses occupied by pregnant mothers with red flags - enabling neighbors to come together and help that particular family when required.