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NGO Health Service Delivery Project

The project supported the delivery of primary health care through a nationwide network called Surjer Hashi, or “Smiling Sun.” The network consists of more than 25 local NGOs, 300+ static clinics, and 8,800+ satellite clinics. In total, it served approximately 22.2 million people (15% of the population).

Project Date: 2012 - 2018
Funder: USAID, DFID, Chevron
Country: Bangladesh

360,000+ newborn children born in Surjer Hashi clinics received immediate care

130,000+ births have been assisted by skilled community birth attendants

150 million + total visits to clinics within the Surjer Hashi network—of those, 45% qualified as poor clients

30 million young people reached with reproductive health services

What We Did

  • Supported the delivery of primary health care—reproductive health, child health, behavior change communication, communicable disease control, and limited curative care—through the nationwide Surjer Hashi or “Smiling Sun” network
  • Made sure every woman has access to the information and health care—from her home to the health facility—to safely deliver her baby and care for herself and her children
  • Built the capacity of local organizations to provide quality health services for poor and underserved populations
  • Focused on the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents—the largest generation of young people in history—as they come of age
  • Led a consortium of partners, including CARE/Bangladesh, Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Social Marketing Company, Rapport Bangladesh, and Nari Uddug Kendra

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