urban health bangladesh

Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project (UPHCSDP). The project is an initiative of Government of Bangladesh under Local Government Division with the financial support of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The project delivers primary health care services to the urban poor through partnership with urban local bodies and Non-Government Organizations. Starting 1998 through Urban Primary Health Care Project (1998-2005) and Second Urban Primary Health Care Project (2005-2011), the project has been proven as a successful innovative model and one of the largest Public Private Partnership interventions for urban PHC services in the South East Asia. At present, the project covers more than 10 million urban population of Bangladesh and has a PHC network of 25 Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care Centers, 112 Primary Health Care Centers and 224 Satellite Clinics at community level.

This program provide healthcare to the urban people, especially to disadvantaged communities at very low costs. Patients get 10 to 20 Taka less in medicines compared to local market. Women can do their normal delivery with 1000 Taka. Cervical cancer test is absolutely free there. Other facilities and services are also gotten there at very low costs. There are ambulance facilities for transferring patients to other large hospitals in emergency situations. Abused women are provided counseling and primary healthcare from urban maternity and urban healthcare centers and they also are referred to the appropriate places for legal assistance.

The aim of our government is to reach the healthcare services to doorstep of the people. From this perspective, the infrastructural facilities of providing basic healthcare at a lower cost or free of cost to the urban areas are still very inadequate. As a result the poor communities in urban areas are deprived of their required healthcare. Realizing this situation, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government along with NGOs and media should take more initiatives to ensure infrastructural planned primary health care to all of the communities in urban area. 

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