Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Eye care
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Maternal, newborn and child health
- Primary care
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:
Improve pre-natal health status of women
HIV/AIDS prevention and promotion of safe sex
Reduce TB and Leprosy burden and reduce its effects as a public health problem
Reduce the burden of eye diseases.
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.