Improving Health and Nutrition for Hard-to-Reach Mothers and Young Children

Reporting Organization:UNICEF
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 19,900,000
Timeframe: March 26, 2013 - December 29, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 19,900,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Infectious & Communicable Diseases (35 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (33 %)

Nutrition (32 %)

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This project aims to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children under five in order to improve children’s growth and reduce death in 14 poor districts in Bangladesh. The corrective actions for each district address shortages and bottlenecks in the public health care system, respond to communication issues, train health service providers and expand cold storage to accommodate the introduction of new vaccines. The project activities are integrated in the Operational Plans of the Health Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The project empowers families and women with knowledge about available services and the standard of service they should expect. Over 1.5 million women and 5.8 million young children in Bangladesh are expected to benefit from this project.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: improved coverage of routine immunization and improved coverage of high-impact maternal, newborn and child health; and direct nutrition interventions and practices in 14 low performing districts.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2014 include: (1) scaling-up high impact interventions that can save the lives of newborns at community facilities, including, for example, using chlorhexidine, a common antiseptic, to care for the umbilical cord; promoting kangaroo mother care, which involves holding a newborn skin-to-skin to help the newborn regulate its body temperature and to provide psychological benefits; and managing neonatal sepsis, a blood infection that a baby can get from its mother before or during delivery; (2) promoting policy dialogue to ensure that amoxicillin tablets that dissolve and zinc supplements, which are proven low-cost effective treatments for pneumonia and diarrhea, are included in the management of those illnesses at the community level; (3) training community health workers to use and strengthen the monitoring information system for maternal, newborn and child health and direct nutrition interventions; (4) increasing the number of fully vaccinated children in nine low-performing districts and two cities, reaching 79% coverage (close to the national coverage of 80%); and (5) conducting an assessment for the future expansion of 15 sub-national cold stores in light of future new vaccines. These results are contributing towards addressing equity gaps in maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services and increasing immunization coverage in Bangladesh. Source: Progress Report on “improving Health and Nutrition for Hard-to-Reach Mothers and Young Children”. UNICEF Bangladesh, March 2014.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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