UNFPA and icddr,b have been working closely with the Government of Bangladesh through various capacities including preparing healthcare providers, strengthening health systems, disease surveillance, and research activities. Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD) of icddr,b with support from UNFPA and OGSB, has been working to strengthening the 24/7 EmONC Services in the Better Health Districts (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 scanning was performed by icddr,b research physicians trained in assessment of health facilities. A workshop was arranged and findings from the scanning were shared and validated by the District and Upazila level health facility managers, health care providers and MCWC representatives. A group work has also been carried out by the participants on the gaps under 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 (ANC) /postnatal care (PNC), normal vaginal delivery (NVD), post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) patients and eclampsia. Representatives from icddr,b and OGSB have organised this workshop with coordination from the District SRHR officer from UNFPA. At present, the workshop has been successfully completed at eight better health districts along with facility assessment of the respective district hospitals and 16 Upazila health complexes.