Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryRDRS Bangladesh is a national humanitarian and development NGO operating since 1972 in association with LWF/DWS Geneva and its Related Agencies.
The overall goal is to improve the health condition of the people of six northwest districts of Bangladesh. The main objectives are to: a) Improve pre-natal health status of women b) HIV/AIDS prevention and promotion of safe sex c) Reduce TB and Leprosy burden and reduce its effects as a public health problem d) Reduce the burden of eye diseases. e) Ensure that visually disabled children are mainstreamed and lead a full life
Key program components
- Operate 186 antenatal clinics at union level in 25 upazillas (sub- district) under six northern districts and provide Ante- and Post-Natal care PNC
- Train rural birth attendants and promote safe birth and quick referral of complicated cases to nearby health facilities.
- Provide pregnant women about their sexual and reproductive health & rights education
- Adolescents' reproductive and health rights education.
- Orient Community leaders on health issues and rights.
- Operate 45 TB & Leprosy Clinics
- 24 Eye clinics at 7 Upazila level, and 1 Eye Hospital with modern facilities.
- Screening of school children for refractive errors.
- Operate 1 Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually children.
- Operate 1 Drop-In Centre at Saidpur.
- Produce and distribute IEC materials.
- Organize advocacy workshops on health issues and rights.
- Maintain coordination with GoB officials.
- Rehabilitation of disabled
Established in 1972 to assist with relief and rehabilitation of greater Rangpur-Dinajpur immediately following the War of Independence, the RDRS programme evolved into a sectoral then comprehensive effort. Formerly the Bangladesh field programme of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Service, RDRS became an autonomous national NGO in 1997. In 1976, a sectoral development programme was launched to assist the poorest in agriculture, community development, health and women’s economic activities. Construction of roads, bridges, markets and schools continued.