Things that make me go Yayyyy – declining fertility rate & population growth

We are possibly the only country in the world to have recruited religious leaders to the movement of halting and reversing the trend of high-fertility to bring about astonishing change over a period of three decades – fertility rate dropped from almost 7 to 2.4 in 2005-2010.

Increase in use of contraceptive and other family planning methods has been key to the declining trend. However certain regions still significantly lag behind in providing adequate pre & post-natal medical care as well as neonatal care. While there’s work to be done, this achievement in itself is no mean feat.

bangladesh-population-growth-annual-percent-wb-data

Graph & information courtesy of World Bank.

Our work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights here in Bangladesh aims to increase knowledge, demand and utilization of services, and to improve service delivery to reduce maternal mortality. The emphasis is on adolescents (irrespective of their marital status), access to family planning and advocacy. Activities within the private sector aim to bring them on board as equal partners in providing services & information to their employees, or collaborating in designing services & products to fulfil unmet demand – for example, affordable sanitary napkins for the lower quantile of earners.

If you would like more information on our work in SRHR and our specific projects you can check out this page here.

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