Bangladesh NGO Service Delivery Program
As the lead organization on the nearly $60 million NGO Service Delivery Project (NSDP), implemented from 2002-2007, Pathfinder partnered with more than 30 local NGOs whose 318 Smiling Sun clinics reach approximately 20 million people in disadvantaged rural areas and urban slums. Through this project, the NGOs provided free maternal health, infant care, and primary care services to the poorest of the poor. However, the NGOs were still able to increase their total number of customers and revenues from user fees of able-to-pay customers through an innovative performance-based reimbursement scheme, sale of health benefit cards, and expansion of income-generating services.
The NSDP project built upon Pathfinder's highly successful Rural Service Delivery Program (RSDP) which, from 1997-2002, delivered integrated family planning and maternal-child health services in 216 sub-districts, with a population of 10 million, in rural Bangladesh. RSDP cut program operating costs, increased clinic and depot holder revenues and increased their market share of family planning and health services, decreased reliance on government-subsidized services, and encouraged NGOs to obtain their own clinic site.
In 2007, Pathfinder began work on the Grameenphone Safe Motherhood and Infant Care Project, continuing Pathfinder's commitment to providing quality reproductive health services in Bangladesh that began in the early 1950s.
Mayer Shasthya: Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality due to Postpartum Hemorrhage and Eclampsia in a Select Area of Bangladesh
Mayer Shasthya (Mother's Health) was a two year community-based intervention funded by Pathfinder and World Bank to save mother's lives in rural Bangladesh.
The NGO Health Service Delivery Project focuses on technical assistance and capacity building to local non-government organizations to manage and provide quality services reaching underserved populations in Bangladesh.
In partnership with Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy, Pathfinder is rolling out a training program for thousands of community health workers who will increase the demand and practice of priority maternal and neonatal health behaviors in Bihar, India.
New research and analysis from Pathfinder International, the University of California San Francisco Safe Motherhood Program, and PATH shows that innovative, collaborative efforts to address postpartum hemorrhage are working.