Mothers in Bangladesh still die during childbirth due to delays in decision making, delays in accessing transportation and receiving services at the facility level. In addition to reducing preventable maternal deaths, prevention of morbidity is also crucial.
To address these issues, the programme operates a comprehensive maternal, neonatal and child health intervention. The core principle is to monitor closely and address risk factors through early detection.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) visit door-to-door to provide antenatal care (ANC) services and assess risks throughout the pregnancy. In urban areas, CHWs refer mothers to BRAC Maternity Centres where they can avail safe delivery facilities. For complicated cases, mothers are referred to government facilities and supported throughout the course of delivery. In rural areas, all mothers are referred to the nearest government facility.
Following the birth, the CHWs continue to provide door-to-door postnatal (PNC) services. They also provide counselling on caregiving practises for the infants. As soon as any risks are identified, mothers and their children are referred to the nearest government facilities.
During the past year, we have provided 477,303 ANC services, 255,641 PNC services, and delivered 14,000 babies safely. In the years to come, we anticipate enhancing the geographic reach of these services and increasing uptake.