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

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

1483 Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

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

Life skills programmes for girls

179632 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

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

Child, early and forced marriage

88432 Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Community declarations on harmful practices

122 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

181334 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

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

1483 Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

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

Life skills programmes for girls

179632 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

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

Child, early and forced marriage

88432 Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Community declarations on harmful practices

122 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

181334 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Emergencies Key results

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    309,092
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    6,084
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
    87,668
    Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services
    248,875
    Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities
    66,457
    Number of people reached with personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies
    135
    Number of people reached with Humanitarian Cash & Voucher Assistance
    1,000
  • Services delivered
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    24
    Number of safe spaces
    38
    Dignity Kits distributed
    92,130
    Number of health facilities that provide specialized GBV services (including Clinical Management of Rape), supported by UNFPA
    24
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    200
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    1,671
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    1,453

Programme Activities

All Resources
  • All resources
  • Core
  • Non - core
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics

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:
UNFPA $5,670,490 (23%)
UN $332,154 (1%)
NGO $11,571,226 (48%)
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:
$24136122
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:
$6009
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%)
NGO $1,729,181 (57%)
GOV $363,380 (12%)
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:
$2590821
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:
$449014
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:
UNFPA $4,196,140 (45%)
NGO $4,830,218 (52%)
GOV $208,609 (2%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (14)
Non-core Resources (86)
Prevention and addressing of GBV
Ending GBV
Total Spending:
$9117818
Implemented by:
UNFPA $4110525 (45%)
NGO $4809821 (53%)
GOV $197471 (2%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (13%)
Non-core Resources (87%)
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%)
Eliminating harmful practices
Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
Total Spending:
$116753
Implemented by:
UNFPA $85615 (73%)
NGO $20000 (17%)
GOV $11138 (10%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (79%)
Non-core Resources (21%)
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:
$603327
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:
$174847
Implemented by:
UNFPA $114804 (66%)
GOV $60042 (34%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (95%)
Non-core Resources (5%)

Programme Documentation

CPD Bangladesh [2017-2020] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/9)
Cycle: 2017-2020
CPD Bangladesh [2012-2016] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/8)
Cycle: 2012-2016
CPE Bangladesh [2011] (DP/FPA/2010/23)
Cycle: 2011
CPD Bangladesh [2006-2010] (DP/FPA/CPD/BGD/7)
Cycle: 2006-2010

UNDAF Bangladesh [2012-2016]

Cycle: 2012-2016

Bangladesh Country Programme Evaluation

The overall purpose of the evaluation of the UNFPA eighth country programme of assistance to the Government of Bangladesh (2012-2016) was to provide an independent and useful evaluation report meant to inform decision...
Date: 1 April 2016

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Audit of the UNFPA Country Office in Bangladesh

Issue date: 2 December 2016

Audit of the UNFPA Country Office in the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Issue date: 30 December 2020
Technical notes and sources
  • The results featured here are only a selection of key results in line with strategic plan 2014-17 indicators. The selection does not reflect the full picture of all results achieved during the strategic plan cycle by UNFPA programme countries.
  • The source of data for most country level indicators is the UNFPA country annual reports for 2014-2017, unless stated otherwise
  • Results featured are cumulative - i.e., achieved between the 2014 and 2017 timeframe, and reflect the net situation, true as of the year selected
  • Majority of the results are captured from 127 UNFPA programme countries
  • Indicators that are marked ‘not achieved’ could imply any of the following conditions:
    • The country may have achieved the result without the support of UNFPA
    • The country has not targeted the given indicator during the 2014-2017 period
    • UNFPA is supporting this area of work, but the result has not yet been achieved

Notes for key results

  • Maternal deaths averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unintended pregnancies averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unsafe abortions averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Number of countries that developed midwifery workforce policies based on international standards: Baseline data not available
  • Number of fistula repair surgeries supported: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that implemented at least 8 out of the UNFPA 10-step strategic-approach to comprehensive condom programming: Results achieved in 2014-2016 only
  • Number of countries that have capacity to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package at the onset of a crisis: UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator; the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) is a series of crucial actions required to respond to reproductive health needs at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. View here for more information on MISP
  • Percentage of countries affected by humanitarian crises that have functioning inter-agency gender-based violence coordination body as a result of UNFPA guidance and leadership: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established comprehensive plan to report on UNFPA-supported Sustainable Development Goal indicators: Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established online national population data platforms that are publicly accessible by users: : Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries in which the capacity of national statistical authorities was developed to analyse and use disaggregated data on adolescent and youth: Baseline data not available; UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator
  • Number of countries that generated and used sub-national estimates of population, health and social data: Baseline data not available

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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