This brief provides an overview of the community health system in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is divided into eight administrative divisions, 64 districts, and 545 subdistricts, known as upazilas. Each rural area within an upazila is divided into union parishads and mouzas, which are further divided into villages. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has an extensive health infrastructure that is pluralistic and follows the country’s administrative pattern. Union parishads are the smallest administrative unit in rural areas. At the lowest administrative level, traditional healers, nonqualified allopathic practitioners, and community health workers (CHWs) are typically the only providers available. This brief describes community health worker strategy; the Bangladesh health system structure; characteristics of community health care providers, health assistants, and family welfare assistants in Bangladesh; and government and nongovernment community health worker programs.
Frontline Health Project. 2020. "The community health system in Bangladesh: An overview," brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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