Maternal and Reproductive Health Project

Reporting Organization:International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 646,292
Timeframe: April 1, 2010 - April 1, 2013
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Nabil Ali
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 646,292.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (50 %)

Health Promotion & Education (20 %)

Primary Health Care (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

WASH (10 %)

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The Maternal and Reproductive Health Project was a partnership between the IDRF and the Village Education Resource Centre (VERC) in Bangladesh. This project addressed the issue of poor maternal health and overwhelmingly high infant and maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh. Longstanding civic conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts between 1970-1990 resulted in the exclusion of this region from nutrition, health and development programs that took place throughout Bangladesh. For many Bangladeshi people from the Chittagong district, access to quality health care services including maternal health care are largely unavailable and inaccessible resulting in high incidences of sickness and disease. As a result, people are unable to lead economically productive lives and become entrapped within an inescapable cycle of poverty. This has particularly detrimental health effects on pregnant and nursing mothers where there exists a high rate of chronic energy deficiencies and malnutrition. Further compounding this issue is the overall lack of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities. Project activities included community mobilization and health education through community group meetings, training for project participants and staff, healthcare delivery and community health outreach, the implementation of water and sanitation facilities and overall project sustainability through government coordination.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Total Direct Population: 60,340
Total Indirect Population: 150,000
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Achieved Results

– 93 Household Sanitary Latrines were successfully installed serving 176 beneficiaries. One school-based sanitary latrine block was installed serving 264 mixed-gender students and teachers.

– 30 water points serving a population of approximately 4400, completed and handed over to the beneficiaries.

– 24,503 community members (18,665 women and 5,838 men) received primary health care through health camps, satellite clinics, ambulance services, and hospitals.

– 2,500 community members (1,300 women and 1,200 men) were engaged in community health groups and community mobilization efforts focusing on hygiene and reproductive health, through Mother’s Clubs, Community Health Groups, and Water and Sanitation, Waste Management and Health Watch committees.

– 156 traditional birth attendants received safe birthing training and a safe birthing kit. Traditional birth attendants conducted 3,124 unassisted live births and made 781 referrals to health services.


SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.9.2 Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)
  • SDG 3.b.3 Proportion of health facilities that have a core set of relevant essential medicines available and affordable on a sustainable basis
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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