The Population Council, under its USAID-funded Evidence Project, partnered with Bangladesh’s Business for Social Responsibility program to conduct operational research to evaluate the effectiveness of the HERhealth model for improving female factory workers’ health, and to find ways to optimize program inputs and processes to support future scale-up of the intervention. This report presents findings from a pre- and post-intervention quantitative study of female factory workers from 10 factories; a qualitative study with factory managers, service providers, and implementing partners; and self-administered retention assessments of the Peer Health Educators from six factories in Dhaka, Gazipur, and Narayanganj districts. Findings from both the quantitative survey and qualitative interviews indicate that the HERhealth project, by educating female garment workers through a peer health educator model, is an effective model when fully implemented. Study findings also point to several recommendations for improving the sustainability of this project that are outlined in this report.
Hossain, Md. Irfan, Abdullah Al Mahmud, Ashish Bajracharya, Ubaidur Rob, and Laura Reichenbach. 2017. "Evaluation of the effectiveness of the HERhealth model for improving sexual and reproductive health and rights knowledge and access of female garment factory workers in Bangladesh," Research report. Washington, DC and Dhaka: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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