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Healthy Start in Bangladesh

Strengthening community healthcare to benefit mothers of children under two, and allowing adolescents to make informed choices about sexual and reproductive health

Plan International Bangladesh is committed to early childhood care and nutrition. Although a dramatic increase in child immunisation has substantially improved the survival of children aged one to four in Bangladesh, neonatal and infant survival rates have not improved to that extent, due to poor maternal health during pregnancy and childbirth, and a lack of access to healthcare services. . Although the rates of toilet usage have increased significantly, the proportion of households with improved sanitation facilities is still only about 14 per cent (WHO/UNICEF, 2010) in Bangladesh, and almost half of the primary schools have neither drinking water nor sanitation.

We are ensuring that mothers and caregivers have access to sources of information about health, rearing babies and bringing up children under the age of five, ensuring they are supported during the early years of motherhood. Among adolescents, demand for reproductive health information and services is great, and we enable them to access facilities to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health in a friendly environment. Meanwhile, our work on sanitation addresses behaviour and waste management, increased access to safe water and sanitation facilities in households, forming the basis for a healthy future.