Marie Stopes Bangladesh
Established in 1988, our programme in Bangladesh provides a range of sexual and reproductive health services across the country.
Our client-centred approach and high standards of clinical quality have led to Marie Stopes Bangladesh becoming one of the most popular providers of sexual and reproductive health services in the country. Marie Stopes Bangladesh provides services to around two million clients a year and is a major partner of the Government of Bangladesh in the National Family Planning Programme.
Committed to bringing our services to the most under-served communities in Bangladesh, we continue to expand into hard-to-reach regions throughout the country.
40% of urban populations in Bangladesh do not have access to comprehensive healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health services.
How we deliver services in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh we deliver our services through approximately 600 service delivery outlets, including 141 static centres, outreach teams accessing hard-to-reach and under-served communities, public sector strengthening, and social marketing channels all over 64 districts of Bangladesh.
The majority of our work specifically targets the poor, young people, factory workers, and vulnerable groups including slum dwellers, homeless people, drug users, sex workers, and transgender people.
Our services are in great demand – there is an unmet need for contraception across the country, and there are 176 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. We are constantly innovating to address this need, for example by operating healthcare voucher schemes that bring affordable services to those in poverty.
Marie Stopes Bangladesh key objectives are to:
Exceed the expectations of their clients and partners for quality, cost-effective sexual and reproductive and primary healthcare services.
Provide services for safe pregnancy outcomes, risk of unwanted pregnancies and other threats to the reproductive health of women.
Reach out to vulnerable groups and those living in extreme poverty through participatory behaviour change communication and outreach services.
Catalyse service delivery in other organisations through experience sharing and capacity building, to improve wider access, quality, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the healthcare system.
Build effective partnerships with NGOs, the Government of Bangladesh, and civil society bodies for sexual and reproductive health services and rights.
Ensure our operations in Bangladesh are sustainable by generating user fees, third party financing, cross-subsidisation, high calibre teams and effective programme management.