Menstrual Regulation Service Delivery
The Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC) was founded when the Concerned Women for Family Planning’s Menstrual Regulation (MR) Unit closed down due to USAID funding restrictions. A dearth of quality women’s reproductive health care facilities and practical training opportunities for paramedics were also very pertinent in the decision to set up the Coalition. This organization, an affiliate of the International Women’s Health Coalition, consisted of only a tiny office at its inception in April 1980. Now BWHC has a central office, six family planning/Maternal & Child Health clinics, and an income-generating sewing center; provides legal lectures and legal aid to its staff and other women; performs the functions of an employment exchange for women seeking jobs mainly with nongovernmental organizations in the health and family planning sector; and undertakes training of government paramedics called Family Welfare Visitors and staff from various family planning and health agencies. BWHC also has a research and evaluation unit which undertakes baseline surveys, comparison studies, studies on different methods of family planning, and monitoring of clinic performance.
KeywordsFamily Planning Quality Service Family Planning Service Central Office Family Planning Method
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