The national family planning and maternal child health (FP-MCH) program in Bangladesh has raised FP acceptance among couples of reproductive age significantly. A major challenge still facing the program, however, is strengthening its reproductive health (RH) component. The Population Council launched a pilot project to examine the feasibility of strengthening comprehensive reproductive tract infection (RTI) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) services at the Health and Family Welfare Center level. The project had three phases. First, a needs assessment was conducted. Then the components of the intervention were identified, designed, and implemented. And at the third phase, an evaluation was carried out. During the needs assessment phase, a feasibility study and a baseline survey were conducted. In the process, valuable experiences were gained with regard to RTI/STD service delivery at the primary level of the GoB service delivery system. The findings in this report suggest that the RTI/STD service component in the existing FP-MCH service delivery system can be strengthened without making any major changes in the program.
Bhuiya, Ismat and Ubaidur Rob. 1998. "Strengthening RTI/STD services: Lessons learned from a pilot project," Asia and the Near East OR/TA Project Final Report. Dhaka: Population Council.
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