Improving SRHR in Dhaka

Project Background: In collaboration with Ipas Bangladesh, BAPSA is implementing this project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project titled ‘Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Dhaka’ to improve the availability and access of quality SRHR services particularly family planning, MR, and Post-abortion care (PAC) services for poor and ultra-poor women and adolescents living in urban areas of greater Dhaka. The project is also working to reduce SGBV by creating awareness among city dwellers. This five-year project will be implemented till March 2026 in collaboration with city corporations’ health authorities and their health programs, DGFP and DGHS, BGMEA, and other stakeholders. BAPSA is an implementing partner in this collaborative project of four organizations, where each organization hasits specific role and activities to perform. The organizations are BAPSA,RHSTEP,OGSB, and SERAC Bangladesh. Ipas is providing technical assistance, resource management, and liaison with the government and development partners.

Project Objectives:
To increase the use of SRH services that uphold the rights of women and adolescent girls and are responsive tothe needs of underserved and vulnerable groups living in urban slums in Dhaka, including during publichealth emergencies.

Major Activities Of The Project:
Capacity building of service providers at project sites on MR, PAC, FP services, and SGBV and establishing trainers’ network, and providing on-the-job support for transforming skills to practice. Health system strengthening to ensure quality services, establish training centers, strengthen referral system, ensure logistics for uninterrupted services, establish routine service recording mechanism, etc. Community engagement to create an enabling environment for MR, PAC, FP, and SGBV issues, improve social support in accessing MR, PAC, and FP services, facilitate youth engagement, and create community action groups for community mobilization. Strengthening emergency response preparedness by developing project-specific contingency plans and tools in preparation for public health emergencies and supporting the provision of and access to essential SRH care during emergencies such as COVID-19.