Bangladesh has an adolescent population of approximately 36 million: more than one-fifth of the total population of Bangladesh is those between the ages of 10 and 19 years (BBS, 2015). The sexual and reproductive health (SRH) status of adolescents in Bangladesh, both those who are unmarried and married, remains an area of concern for the country. Low levels of knowledge on SRH, STI/HIV and family planning (FP), high prevalence of child marriage, correspondingly high levels of adolescent fertility and limited access to quality and age appropriate information and services are challenges.

The objective of this Fixed Award Agreement initiative under USAID Shukhi Jibon project  is to include 15- 24 years aged 40 Volunteer Peer Leaders (VPLs) (1 male and 1 female in each center) in selected 20 AFHCs under DGFP in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Netrokona to ensure friendly environment and improve quality of services in the AFHCs on the basis of adolescents’ demands.  VPLs will encourage the adolescents to receive information about sexual and reproductive health services and family planning through community and school based outreach campaigns in the surrounding areas and schools of the selected AFHCs. Also, they will collect and document feedback and recommendations from the service receipts at the AFHCs on improving the quality of services of the centers.

Project location: Dhaka, Narayanganj, Mymensingh, and Netrokona districts.

Project period: May-2021 to April-2023.

Funded by: USAID

Lead Partner: Pathfinder International.

Puthi: Adolescent Health

Project Updates

Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services To Expand

A national level advocacy meeting on adolescent-friendly healthcare services was held at Dhaka on April 25, by SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), and Pathfinder International under the USAID Shukhi Jibon project.   The meeting was moderated by the Executive Director of SERAC-Bangladesh SM Shaikat with the Line Director (MCRAH) […]

Sub-National Meeting on Adolescent Health in Dhaka & Mymensingh

Inclusion of Youth Volunteer Peer Leaders (VPLs) will enhance the quality of adolescent-friendly health services. With a strong hope to establish this slogan, in collaboration with the Directorate General of Family Planning under USAID ‘Shukhi Jibon’ project supported by Pathfinder International, SERAC-Bangladesh organized two Sub-National Advocacy Meetings in Dhaka & Mymensingh on 12th and 20th […]

Bi-annual Coordination Meeting with DGFP in Dhaka and Mymensingh

SERAC-Bangladesh under USAID Shukhi Jibon Project, supported by Pathfinder International Bangladesh organized the “Bi-Annual Collaboration Meeting of Adolescent Friendly Health Service” in Dhaka on January 19, 2022 and in Mymensingh on January 20, 2022, where in Dhaka the Deputy Director of District Family Planning, Mr. Mohammad Aman Ullah and Md. Anwar Hossain, Deputy Director of […]

Adolescent Friendly Family Planning Service Week 2021

Access to reproductive health services and family planning for everyone, including adolescents and youth, is vital to the future of our country and our planet. Youth-friendly family planning services may improve youth reproductive health outcomes. The sexual and reproductive health of youths in Bangladesh is of great concern as we have limited access to information […]