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.

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.

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