Bangladesh is a small country in South Asia which borders India on all sides except to the South where it shares a small border with Burma and lines the Bay of Bengal. Although the fertility rate has declined considerably in the last 20 years, Bangladesh remains one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Bangladesh has made great progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including a remarkable decline in maternal mortality due in great part to increased access to family planning services. Improving maternal health, however, remains a challenge, especially considering that still only an estimated 18% of births are attended by skilled health personnel. An additional challenge for Bangladesh is its ecological vulnerability, as it is now recognized as being one of the countries that is most vulnerable to climate change.
MNCH Quality Improvement Project
The SOGC is collaborating with Plan Canada on a project that aims to strengthen the link between community efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health, and primary health service delivery in both Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Working closely with the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) and making use of the ALARM International Program, the SOGC is lending its expertise to upgrade the skills of OGSB members in Emergency Obstetrics Care.
The SOGC's current work in Bangladesh is carried out in partnership with the NGO Plan Canada. The SOGC also collaborates with the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) for implementation of projects in Bangladesh.