The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and icddr,b has been jointly working closely with the Government of Bangladesh through various capacities. This includes preparing healthcare providers, strengthening health systems, disease surveillance, and research activities. icddr,b’s Maternal and Child Health Division, with support from UNFPA and Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB), is functioning together in Strengthening the 24/7 Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) Services in the Better Health Districts. These districts are Munshiganj, Bogura, Gaibandha, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Bagerhat, Bhola, and Khagrachari.
In order to identify the gaps in the maternal health services in the selected facilities of the better health districts, an environmental scan was performed by icddr,b’s research physicians trained in assessment of health facilities. A workshop was arranged and findings from the scan were shared and validated by the District and Upazila level health facility managers, health care providers and MCWC representative present from the selected facilities.
Group work was completed by the participants about the gaps under the nine indicators specified from the total management of obstetric patients. All the participants share their feedback on the gaps and recommendation in the management of antenatal care/post-natal care, normal vaginal delivery, post-partum haemorrhage patients, and eclampsia in their facilities. Representatives from icddr,b and OGSB arrange this workshop with coordination from the District Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights officer from UNFPA. At present, the workshop has been successfully completed in seven districts (Munshiganj, Bogura, Gaibandha, Netrokona, Sunamganj, Bagerhat and Bhola) along with facility assessment of the respective district hospitals and 21 upazila health complexes.