Bangladesh

As a second wave GFF country, the government of Bangladesh is seizing the GFF opportunity to accelerate reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) results and chart a path toward universal health coverage and middle income status. The government of Bangladesh is currently at the early stages of the GFF process. 

Ministry of health contact

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Government

@GovtBangladesh

RMNCAH profile

The dedicated efforts of the government of Bangladesh have enabled significant improvements in the health sector since 1990:

  • The total fertility rate dropped from 4.55 to 2.2 children per woman;
  • The infant mortality rate plummeted from 100 to 33 deaths per 1,000 live births;
  • The under-five mortality rate fell from 144 to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births (UNICEF, 2012); and,
  • The maternal mortality rate dropped from 550 to 176 deaths per 100,000 live births (Countdown, 2015). 

Despite such significant strides, RMNCAH service delivery challenges remain, and geographic and economic disparities persist. For instance, only 25 percent of women in rural areas deliver with a skilled health provider compared to 54 percent of women in urban areas (UNICEF, 2012). These challenges are further exacerbated by heavy reliance on out-of-pocket expenditures, which heighten the risk of catastrophic health expenditures for Bangladesh’s poor and vulnerable populations (World Bank, 2015).

Country platform

Bangladesh has strong existing partnerships and coordination mechanisms, including a health Sector-Wide Approach. These mechanisms will be used to engage a wide range of RMNCAH stakeholders, comprising development partners and financiers, as well as civil society and the private sector.

Investment Case

The government of Bangladesh is leading the development of a Sector Investment Plan and will be operationalizing this through a Program Implementation Plan to address key health sector priorities. Rooted in a longstanding Sector-Wide Approach mechanism, the Sector Investment Plan and the Program Implementation Plan will provide the foundations for the definition of the RMNCAH Investment Case.

Health financing strategy

The Sector Investment Plan and the Program Implementation Plan, which are under development, will also guide the health sector financing strategy.

Results

Countries will be responsible for tracking progress on the indicators contained in the results framework of their Investment Cases. Information about progress will be made available on this site as it becomes available to the Secretariat.

Partners

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Financiers


US$ 75 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Financiers


CAD 220 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, advocacy as well as CRVS

Norad

Norad

Financiers


US$ 600 million to the GFF Trust Fund
A founding donor of the GFF and key partner for financing, governance, and advocacy