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In Bangladesh since 1978.

For more than 60 years, Pathfinder has partnered with communities and the government of Bangladesh to ensure even the hardest-to-reach people can access contraception. Hand in hand, we have strengthened public-sector health services to better serve women and girls.

Today, our partnership with the government increases access to sexual and reproductive health care through universal health coverage. We support the government with strengthening the public health system, including mentorship and training of health providers, integration of gender-transformative approaches, readying health facilities to provide quality services, and rolling out digital health solutions. We reach the most marginalized and underserved communities, including those living in urban slums, Rohingya refugee camps, and regions devastated by climate change-induced floods and natural disasters.


28% of women ages 15-19 have begun childbearing.

DHS, 2017-2018

20% of married women want to prevent or delay pregnancy and aren’t using a modern method of contraception.

FP2020, The Arc of Progress, 2019-2020

About half of women deliver their babies in a health facility.

DHS, 2017-2018

By 2050, an estimated 1 in every 7 people will be displaced by climate change.

Science Direct, 2020

What We Do in Bangladesh

  • Advance universal access to contraception by promoting quality, integrated public health services.
  • Support the government to build a responsive and inclusive health system that provides quality care to all Bangladeshis.
  • Strengthen the health system by training and mentoring health providers using state-of-the-art curricula and training methodologies, and by integrating gender-transformative approaches and digital health solutions.
  • Advance adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Leverage public-private partnerships to support marginalized communities, including urban slum populations.
  • Enhance capacity of the public health system and local organizations to provide sexual and reproductive health care to Rohingya refugees and their host communities.
  • Empower women and girls in low-resource communities with the tools, knowledge, networks, and resources to survive and thrive through today and tomorrow’s health needs and crises, including climate-induced natural disasters.

Service Statistics

Our Shukhi Jibon program has accomplished the following:

  • 10 million couple-years of protection achieved.
  • 6,347 government health service providers and managers trained on gender equality and female empowerment.
  • ~400 health facilities supported to provide adolescent- and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
  • ~4,000 community health workers to bring quality family planning information, counseling, client referrals to people’s doorsteps.

Discover Our Projects

NGO Health Service Delivery Project

Bangladesh has the eighth largest population in the world with 162 million. Half of its enormous population lives in poverty. See how our nationwide partnership with the Surjer Hashi “Smiling...

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To advance progress toward the achievement of FP2020 and the SDGs and to reduce unintended pregnancies, there is an urgent need to address unmet need for modern contraception. (res)olve brings...

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Shukhi Jibon

Despite accelerating toward middle-income status, Bangladesh struggles to provide equitable access to health care. Shukhi Jibon addresses this—increasing family planning service uptake by...

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Meet Our Staff

Caroline Crosbie

Senior Advisor

Caroline has expertise in program development and management and a long and significant career with more than 25 years of experience in international family...

Sohrab Hussain

Project Manager, (re)solve

Sohrab Hussain has expertise in public health with a focus on research, program implementation, and management. He joined our team in October 2018. He has designed and led several national-level...

Mahbub Alam

Project Director, Shukhi Jibon

Mahbub-ul-Alam leads the USAID Shukhi Jibon project for Pathfinder International in Bangladesh. As Project Director, he is responsible for the project’s technical assistance to the Ministry of...

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