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Seminar on Tuesday, April 17 at 2 pm

April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Title: Evolution of Reproductive Health in Bangladesh
Speaker: Dr. Halida Hanum Akhter
               Faculty Member
               Bloomberg School of Public Health
               John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Venue: ISRT seminar room

In Bangladesh, the government family planning program started in 1965 and at NGO level in around 1952. The government program was a vertical program with only IUD (intra uterine device) and high dose oral pills as a pilot program. With a demonstration project on post-partum tubal ligation in four urban clinics, under the Family Planning Board, the program was implemented in the whole country. In 1974, MFSTC (Mohammadpur Fertility Services and Training Center) started as a special project of Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Then around 1978 family planning and MCH was integrated and named MCH based family planning program. Subsequently in 1994, ICPD (International  Conference on Population and Development) also named as Cairo conference where Reproductive health concept and definition was introduced, vetted and cosigned by 198 countries of the world. All these countries were the cosignatory of this ‘program of action’ document and agreed to introduce reproductive health in the country program. Reproductive health is a rights based approach committing to address Life Cycle approach to women’s health issues.  Since 1994, many international instruments, such as ICPD POA, ICPD +5, ICPD +15 monitored programs nationally and globally.

The speaker talks about the accomplishment thus far and the unfinished agenda in reproductive health in Bangladesh.


April 17
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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