With a population of 160 million and one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world, fertility control and reproductive health are major pressure points for the country. Bangladesh is yet to reach the replacement level of population growth that it endeavoured to achieve within 50 years of independence.
For the last 50 years, BRAC has been implementing reproductive healthcare and family planning interventions across Bangladesh. The core approach is to educate communities on the importance of family planning. Women and men are engaged and empowered to make smart decisions regarding the size of their family.
Our experience shows that awareness without access to services proves to be futile. This is why free-of-cost non-clinical contraception methods are offered in the form of birth control pills and condoms, which are delivered by community health workers door-to-door. In addition, maternity centres in urban areas offer clinical contraception methods, such as injectables and intrauterine devices.
During the past year, 11.3 million couples have been educated on the importance of family planning and have received clinical and non-clinical contraceptives. In the days to come, BRAC is working to reach more adolescent girls and young women with these services.