Early pregnancy is associated with adverse health, social, and economic consequences for girls, and Bangladesh has an adolescent fertility rate that is among the highest in the region. Poor, slum-dwelling girls are especially vulnerable. This policy brief outlines a project that icddr,b, a STEP UP project partner, initiated to test three innovative strategies aiming to support the unmet family planning needs of these girls. This brief concludes with government-level policy and program recommendations based on the evidence of this project for leveraging existing government health programs to better serve the needs of married adolescent girls and reduce their risks of early pregnancy.
Akhter Huda, Fauzia and Nancy Termini LaChance. 2018. "Expanding access to family planning for married adolescent girls in the urban slums of Dhaka," STEP UP Policy Brief. Dhaka: icddr,b.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)