For a long time, the reduction of the maternal mortality ratio has constituted a major challenge for the health, nutrition, and population sector of Bangladesh. The objectives of this Population Council study is to estimate the costs of the additional inputs required for strengthening Health and Family Welfare Centers (HFWC) for providing normal delivery and newborn care services, the cost-effectiveness, and the financial implications of the addition of capacity. Results clearly show that the benefit-cost ratio for the intervention will be quite high. Some additional measures on the demand side should thus adopted. Intensive behavior change communication activities including interpersonal communication in the households, community mobilization, and mass media are possible measures to complement the strengthening of HFWC.
Howlader, Sushil Ranjan. 2011. "Costing and economic analysis of strengthening union level facility for providing normal delivery and newborn care services in Bangladesh." Dhaka: Population Council.