RADDA MCH FP Centre Bangladesh
Country of Operation
- Government of BangladeshGovernment
- Plan InternationalNot-for-profit
SummaryIn 1974, Radda Barnen (the then Swedish Save the Children), an international NGO, began operating the Centre as a project for providing maternal and child health care for the underserved and underprivileged population of Mirpur under Dhaka Metropolitan City.
The Radda MCH-FP Centre aims at improving health and quality of life for families with particular emphasis on low-income and disadvantaged ones of Mirpur, Pallabi and Kafrul area. The primary focus is providing preventive and curative health care services to mothers, children and adolescents. The Centre also provides family planning services, and designs and conducts activities for human resource development through training and research. Gradual expansion of these services to cater the whole range of entire community health and related services is the long-term objective.
Future plan: To continue working with youth and adolescents on reproductive health service delivery but priority should be on female youth and adolescents.
Key program components
The Radda MCH-FP Centre engages in 3 major activities
Provision of MCH-FP Services Provision of other community health services Training and Research Service Provision: Service delivery is performed on three levels: at static clinic sites, at outreach sites (satellite clinics), at the at the household level (community outreach). The Centre runs 9 drugs stores at each of its 9 static clinics, which stock all essential medicines necessary for treating its clients.
The Radda MCH-FP Centre provides the following services:
Comprehensive range of MCH-FP services Safe home delivery by trained traditional birth attendants Adolescent reproductive health services and counselling Health education to all clients visiting the clinics Treatment of RTIs/ STDs and health education on prevention of HIV/AIDS Community-based MCH-FP activities and health education Nutritional support to the malnourished children of poor and marginalized group of the community of Mirpur area The Centre has developed a comprehensive Health Management Information System (HMIS) to track performance. Daily records of users at service-delivery points are compiled to prepare monthly user statistics. Monthly performance is monitored and compared to site-specific targets. HMIS indicators are reviewed each quarter.
Training To accommodate its training program, Radda runs a training unit with a 30 bed hostel facility. The unit provides training to the centre's own staff and runs several courses for other NGO partners and Government agencies. Training in Maternal and Child Health is offered to a multitude of health professionals, including doctors, health workers, including community health workers, traditional birth attendants (TBA) and others.
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