UNFPA Bangladesh

Bangladesh aspires to become a middle-income country by 2021. Women’s low status in society and high rates of maternal death and illness remain serious concerns, as well as the prevalence of child marriage. Since 1974, UNFPA has helped improve reproductive health care services, working to achieve universal access by emphasizing gender-inclusiveness and human rights. Support to reduce sexual and gender-based violence includes increasing awareness and extending services for survivors. UNFPA also helps bolster national capacities to integrate population and gender concerns across plans and policies.

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Key results of Bangladesh in 2020 View more

Emergency obstetric and newborn care

Emergency obstetric and newborn care coverage was met, as per the international recommended minimum standards

Adolescent-friendly Sexual and reproductive health services

Quality assured, adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services were provided in at least 25 per cent of public health facilities

Health services for sexual violence survivors

Essential health services were provided for survivors of sexual violence by at least 60 per cent of public health facilities

Midwifery curricula: international standards

Midwifery schools followed the national pre-service curriculum based on international standards

Reproductive rights, laws and policies

Strategies were in place to align laws, policies and regulations on reproductive rights

Census sample availability

A representative sample of census data was released within 12 months of launching the main census report

Rapid assessments in crises

During a humanitarian crisis, rapid assessments of affected populations were conducted

Common data set

A common operational data set on population statistics was produced

Population projections

Publically available population projections at national and subnational levels, disaggregated by age, sex, location were generated

Small area estimations

Small area estimations of sexual and reproductive health indicators were generated and used for programme planning

Fistula treatment

3,359
Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

233
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Life skills programmes for girls

240,264
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

172
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

149,064
Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Community declarations on harmful practices

266
Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices, with support from UNFPA, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

434,079
Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Key results2020

UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries

Total people reached with all types of GBV services

Affected population reached with Family Planning services

Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services

Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities

Number of people reached with personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies

Number of people reached with Humanitarian Cash & Voucher Assistance

Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)

Dignity Kits distributed

Number of safe spaces

Number of health facilities that provide specialized GBV services (including Clinical Management of Rape), supported by UNFPA

Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health

Personnel trained on clinical management of rape

Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)

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Programme Activities

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    Bangladesh 2020 Programme Activities data

    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
    Total Spending:
    $24,142,105
    Implemented by:
    NGO $11,571,226 (48%)
    UN $332,154 (1%)
    UNFPA $5,670,490 (23%)
    GOV $6,568,236 (27%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (6)
    Non-core Resources (94)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Total Spending:
    $24,136,122
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $5664507 (23%)
    UN $332154 (1%)
    NGO $11571226 (48%)
    GOV $6568236 (27%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (6)
    Non-core Resources (94)
    Sexual and reproductive health Policies
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
    Total Spending:
    $6,009
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $6009 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (20)
    Non-core Resources (80)
    Accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Increased national capacity to deliver consistent with budget results and accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $-26
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $-26 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Adolescents and youth
    Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $3,039,835
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $947,274 (31%)
    GOV $363,380 (12%)
    NGO $1,729,181 (57%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (29)
    Non-core Resources (71)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
    Total Spending:
    $2,590,821
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $498260 (19%)
    NGO $1729181 (67%)
    GOV $363380 (14%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (18)
    Non-core Resources (82)
    Youth leadership and participation
    Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $449,014
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $449014 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (92)
    Non-core Resources (8)
    Gender equality
    Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
    Total Spending:
    $9,234,967
    Implemented by:
    NGO $4,830,218 (52%)
    UNFPA $4,196,140 (45%)
    GOV $208,609 (2%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (14)
    Non-core Resources (86)
    Prevention and addressing of GBV
    Ending GBV
    Total Spending:
    $9,117,818
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $4110525 (45%)
    NGO $4809821 (53%)
    GOV $197471 (2%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (13)
    Non-core Resources (87)
    Eliminating harmful practices
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $116,753
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $85615 (73%)
    NGO $20000 (17%)
    GOV $11138 (10%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (79)
    Non-core Resources (21)
    Accountability for gender equality
    Strengthened international and national protection systems for advancing reproductive rights, promoting gender equality and non-discrimination and addressing gender-based violence
    Total Spending:
    $396
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $0 (0%)
    NGO $396 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Analysis on population dynamics
    Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $778,174
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $553,470 (71%)
    GOV $224,704 (29%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (93)
    Non-core Resources (7)
    National population data system
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic
    Total Spending:
    $603,327
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $438666 (73%)
    GOV $164661 (27%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (93)
    Non-core Resources (7)
    Demographic intelligence
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic disparities
    Total Spending:
    $174,847
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $114804 (66%)
    GOV $60042 (34%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (95)
    Non-core Resources (5)

    Programme Documentation

    CPD Bangladesh [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/10)
    Cycle: 2022-2026
    CPD Bangladesh [2017-2020] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/9)
    Cycle: 2017-2020
    CPE Bangladesh [2011] (DP/FPA/2010/23)
    Cycle: 2011-2011
    UNDAF Bangladesh [2012-2016]
    Cycle: 2012-2016
    CPD Bangladesh [2012-2016] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/8)
    Cycle: 2012-2016
    CPD Bangladesh [2006-2010] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/7)
    Cycle: 2006-2010
    Technical notes and sources

    The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

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