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

Youth Volunteers Improving Quality of Adolescent Health Centers

A national level advocacy meeting on adolescent-friendly healthcare services was held at Dhaka on December 12, 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 Joint Secretary & […]

Adolescent Friendly Service Delivery week-2022

SERAC-Bangladesh along with Pathfinder International, under the USAID Shukhi Jibon project, celebrated a week-long of Adolescent SRH service delivery week in the 20 Adolescent Friendly Health Centers (AFHCs) under the Directorate General of Family Planning in the four districts (Dhaka, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Netrokona). The celebration started on 13 November 2022 and continued till 18 […]

SERAC at ANSER Stakeholder Consultation

SERAC Executive Director SM Shaikat spoke at the ANSER Stakeholder Meeting 2022 happened on November 9, 2022 at 13.00 Central European Time. This is a special academic initiate on SRHR led by the Ghent University in Belgium and he emphasized on the data situation around adolescent health in low resource set ups in Bangladesh. On […]

Adolescent mobilization campaigns on Adolescent Friendly Health Care Services Center to engage Community People

SERAC-Bangladesh under USAID Shukhi Jibon Project supported by Pathfinder International organized Adolescent mobilization campaigns The volunteer peer leaders along with service providers lead community level awareness which links that up to assist visiting adolescents to make them comfortable at the centers and also become a helping hand of the service providers. At the mobilization campaign, VPLs, […]