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Outline of the Project


Safe Motherhood Promotion Project
(Bengali name: Shustho Matritto Project)

Target area

Narsingdi District *1 See the "Background" page.

Term of Cooperation

July 2006 - June 2011 (5 years)

Implementing Agencies

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare*2, Directorate of Family Planning, Directorate of Health Services, District Family Planning Office, District Health Services Office, and Upazila Health Complex. *2 See the "Related Link" page.

Total project budget

BDT 30 crore, or JPY 470 million

Target groups

Community people, particularly women of reproductive age (15-49) and neonates, and All staffs under the Department of Health and Family Planning at the district and upazila levels.

Overall goals (i.e., what we expect to see after completting the project)

Approaches of Reproductive Health (RH) services extracted from the Project are standardized and applied to other districts.

Project purpose (i.e., what we expect to achieve during implementing the project)

Health status of women of reproductive age and neonates is improved in the target district.


  1. Feedback on lessons learnt from the Project is given to the central level, and necessary actions are put into practice.
  2. Management of Health and Family Planning Offices at the district and upazila levels is improved.
  3. Safe delivery service system is strengthened.
  4. Reproductive Health (RH) services are more utilized by target community people in cooperation with the private sector.

Activities (planned)

Promoting feedback and sharing information

  1. Hold regular Joint Coordination Committee meetings to give feedback on the project experiences and to make recommendations.
  2. Promote experience sharing among Ministry of Health and Family Welfare officials and concerned agencies through publication of newsletters and setting up website.
  3. Compile case studies/management based on the project experiences.
  4. Organize workshops and seminars for sharing experiences and giving feedback.
  5. Collaborate with development partners in Health Nutrition Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) by sharing information and experiences.


Strengthening management

  1. Establish District Project Implementation Committee (DPIC) and hold regular meetings.
  2. Make a checklist and conduct the assessment of managerial skills of concerned officers at the district and upazila levels.
  3. Organize Local Level Planning (LLP) Training for concerned officers at the district and upazila levels.
  4. Organize District Management Information System (DMIS) Training for concerned officers at the district and upazila levels.
  5. Support for monitoring and evaluation of annual plan by concerned officers at the district and upazila levels.
  6. Provide supportive supervision of government field staffs by concerned officers at the district and upazila levels.

photophotoHealth facilities

Ensuring safe delivery service system

  1. Support for follow-up of Family Welfare Visitor (FWV) training and Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) training.
  2. Promote supportive supervision of SBA by FWV.
  3. Improve existing Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) facilities.
  4. Strengthen referral system.
    1. Promote the use of referral sheet.
    2. Establish cooperative relationship with private health service providers.
  5. Hold delivery case study meetings
  6. Strengthen services of satellite clinics
    1. Improve quality of ANC/FP services provided through regular satellite clinic.
    2. Combine service delivery of health and family planning wings at the field level.

photophotoVillages, People

Promoting community participation

  1. Select and train community volunteers.
  2. Conduct Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey for target community people.
  3. Promote health education, awareness raising and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) activities regarding reproductive health.
  4. Establish supporting network among local stakeholders at the target communities.


- Japanese side

  1. Provision of human resources
    • Chief Advisor,
    • Community Health Advisor,
    • Coordinator, and
    • Short-term experts.
  2. Provision of equipment,
  3. Training of counterparts,
  4. Dispatch of study team when necessary, and
  5. Allocation of operational costs for the Project.

- Bangladeshi side

  • Assignment of counterpart personnel,
  • Provision of land, building, and other necessary facilities, and
  • Allocation of operational costs for the Project.

Organizational structure


Conceptual Model



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