Increase Skilled Birth Attendants Coverage to Strengthen Union Level Health Facilities

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the ChildrenMaMoni HSS project has been supporting the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOH&FW) to step up the strengthening of the Union Health & Family Welfare Centers (UH&FWCs) to improve access to skilled birth attendants. As part of the initiative, the project has helped the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) to assess more than 4,400 union-based health facilities across Bangladesh. 

Over the last couple of months the DGFP with support from MaMoni HSS has been organizing advocacy and dissemination meeting in the divisional headquarters. The last and seventh one was in Dhaka on 20th June, 2016. One major objective of these meetings is to increase national and local level support towards UH&FWCs strengthening efforts as well as enhance ownership of health managers and stakeholders at the divisional level and below.

Dr. Selina Amin, Senior Advisor, Health Systems, MaMoni HSS, presented the assessment results. A total of 1,243 union level facilities have been assessed in Dhaka Division. Of them about 11% of the facilities were placed in A category (minimum resources input is required), 63% in B category (mid-level input needed) and 26% in C category (major input required). The categorization signifies the different level of readiness of the facilities for providing normal delivery service.

Dr. Mohammed Sharif, Director (MCH Services) and Line Director (MCRAH), DGFP, chaired the meeting while Mohammad Wahid Hossain ndc, Director General, DGFP, was present as the Chief Guest.Dr. Fahmida Sultana, Deputy Director, MCH Services Unit, DGFP, made a presentation on the background of the assessment of the UH&FWCs being carried out by DGFP.  

Joby George, Chief of Party, MaMoni HSS, Save the Children, Samina Chowdhury, Program Management Specialist, USAID,  Delwar Hossain, Director, Family Planning, Dhaka Division, Dr. Habib Abdullah Sohel, Director PHC & Line Director MNC&AH, DGHS spoke among others.

Around 140 participants representing the DGFP, DGHS, development organizations, media, local government, development partners took part in the event.