Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC) which was established in 1980, is the first organization in the country started working for establishing for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Rights (SRH&R) for the deprived and underprivileged women and adolescents. BWHC’s commitment brings positive changes in the quality of women's lives by making available reproductive and primary health services as well as other basic social services and rights. With a vision to Equality of Women in a Just Civil Society, the BWHC empowers the marginalized women particularly, the young women and young people, it operates SRH&R, gender sensitivity, women rights, against social stigmas etc. BWHC firmly believes that quality of women's live is enhanced by emphasizing and inclusive gender approach, community participation and working in integration and collaboration with government and other relevant organizations.
Currently, BWHC operates it’s programs and implements several projects roughly half of the country particularly, in 12 Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiatives (MNHI) districts i.e. Sunamgonj, Moulovibazar, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sirajgonj, Panchagarth, Thakurgaon, Narail, Patuakhali and Borguna along with other 20 (twenty) districts namely: Dhaka, Tangail, Narayangonj, Gaibandha, Narsingdi, Sylhet, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Kishorgonj, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Pabna, Chapainawabgonj, Habigonj.
Apart from these districts, the BWHC implements it’s Fistula Patient’s Treatment, Recovery and Rehabilitation Project (FPTRRP) all over the country.
Technical capacity of the organization in the sector area:
Since inception in 1980, the BWHC is committed to bring the positive changes in the quality of women's lives by making available reproductive and primary health services as well as other basic social services that enable women to exercise their reproductive service and rights. Since its inception and being a National NGO, BWHC is working with underprivileged and marginalized women, children and adolescent through health oriented development interventions with a prime focus on reproductive health services and action oriented community education and behavioral change communication. The BWHC firmly believes that quality of women's live is enhanced by emphasizing and inclusive gender approach, community participation and working in integration and collaboration with government and other relevant organizations.
To achieve those goals and targets, the BWHC has congregated and developed extensive expertise and experiences in the area of mother and child health care particularly, maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition programs through the community based implementation process. BWHC evolved with commitment to contribute in Women’s health and have a solid track record of implementing health programs in Bangladesh. At recent past it had a huge number of projects related to health with multiple donors. The organization is specialized in health service delivery and developed own model of service delivery, which is followed by different national and local health based organizations. Based on more than three decades of experiences in this sector, the BWHC has effectively, established a ‘Community-based Treatment & Referral Model’ for particularly, treatment of Reproductive and Sexual Health Service, ANC, PNC, Immunization, Primary Health Care, Quality MR, PAC Care, VCT and STI/RTI, Family Planning Methods and Community Based Prevention and Health Care Promotion for positive changes to health seeking behavior through Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). Apart from this, the BWHC has below expertise and specialization related to health sector:
- Development and implementation of integrated SRH&R Programs;
- Implementation of Community Development program through awareness raising and BCC;
- Implementation of multi sectored HIV/AIDS program;
- Community mobilization and BCC for young people and socially excluded population;
- Conducting surveys and operational research.
Key results obtained in sector area in recent years:
- The BWHC is pioneer in establishing health service delivery model, where the community women can access a wide range of health services with informed choice in an equitable environment. It is specialized in health service delivery and developed own model of service delivery, which is followed by different national and local health based organizations;
- The BWHC, Tangail has been awarded as “the Best” health-based NGO for it’s outstanding performance to Family Planning, Mother and Child Health Care in 2013 – 2014;
- The BWHC, Narail has been awarded as “the Best” health-based NGO for it’s outstanding performance to Family Planning, Mother and Child Health Care in two conjugative years: 2014 – 2015 and 2015 – 2016;
- The BWHC is one of reputed partner of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) for which Women’s Health, Rights and Choices project was awarded targeted 150,000 working women of slum areas;
- Partnership with Global Fund for Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) resulted 11,000 female sex workers received health services;
- BWHC is a trusted partner of Save the Children International, Bangladesh resulting the child protection and rights issue which includes health, education and harassment;
- In recognition of BWHC’s movement to women’s reproductive health service rights, partnership with the Safe Abortion Action Funds (SAAF) established. Since 2006, an approximate number of 75,000 female clients received MR and Family Planning supports where approximate 160,000 attended the BCC sessions and other health education programs;
- Established partnership with United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) for addressing the Obstetric Fistula (OF) patients in Bangladesh and a number of 1,400 OF patients were treated from where 800+ patients received training and near about 200 OF patients have been turn into “Community Fistula Advocate” by whom mass awareness in the community on “Campaign to end obstetric fistula in Bangladesh” are being conducted;
- In recognition of BWHC’s role in health sector, partnership with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) established;
- In recognition of BWHC’s movement to health sector, partnership with the Asia Pacific Resource & Research Center for Women (ARROW) established;
- Awarded to implement Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPHCP) phase I and Phase II through which a number of 20,000 women and children received health services;
- Awarded to implement safe MR service and Training program under Heath and Population Sector Program (HPSP) of MOHFW
- Worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in health sector reform activities;
- Successfully demonstrated ‘Child Development Approach’ by implementing health-related project;
- As the first NGO in Bangladesh, was assigned for providing Training on Menstrual Regulation (MR) and refresher training on MR for the government’s Family Welfare Visitors (FWVs)