Strengthening Family Planning Through Advocacy Project

Under this project, SERAC-Bangladesh is implementing advocacy initiatives under AFP project, led by Marie Stopes Bangladesh with an aim to promote quality FP services and to increase access of the clients, especially women and girls in Bangladesh. The project has set its advocacy objectives based on the current situation and priority needs to provide quality FP services. To achieve its goal, the project has been implementing some significant advocacy objectives like resource allocation by the local government to improve family planning services, involvement of private medical college in providing FP service, introduce of new tools in national FP curriculum, introduced monitoring tool to track the expenditure of Union Councils and budget tracking for effective utilization of DGFP allocated fund at national level.

Furthermore, it has adopted a unique advocacy approach that is AFP SMART and its mandate to sustain the project outcome by ensuring local ownership. Thereby, collective effort is the key approach in doing advocacy initiatives.

Considering the learning and context, the project is working to gather more evidence and empower local organizations/community people by creating space for their participation in the planning and monitoring process of FP programs and services. 

Project location: Mymensingh, Netrokona, Kishoreganj districts.

Project period: August-2021 to November-2022

Project Updates

Exposure visit: project phase-out planning workshop in Habiganj

SERAC-Bangladesh Executive Director took part in the workshop on 24-25 October 2021, which was organized by Marie Stopes Bangladesh at The Palace Luxury Resort, Habiganj. The session motivated the project team to reform the DWGs in a better shape that this fits in the purpose of the project, and also effective to accomplish the advocacy […]

Introductory discussion with Deputy Directors of Family Planning in 3 districts

As the Deputy Directors will act as the chair to each of the DWG meetings, it was an essential step to share the concept of the project with them in the 3 districts. Like the Deputy Commissioners, they too gladly supported the purpose of the project and assured of their help in any need.

Introductory discussion with the Deputy Commissioners in 3 districts

Following submission of the FD6, the concept of the project was shared with the Deputy Commissioners in 3 districts of the project. They primarily showed support to the motive of this project and gladly promised to join us in the Inception Meeting.

Introductory Meeting with 3 District Working Groups

The initial idea of the project had been shared with every member of the DWGs, by organizing an introductory meeting with them in each of the districts. The introductory meeting was completed through an exchange of ideas and experiences among the members facilitated by SERAC-Bangladesh team.

District Working Group Formation in 3 districts

SERAC-Bangladesh formed a District Working Group with 10 members in each of the Mymensingh, Netrokona and Kishoreganj districts in October. Where a blend of active youth representatives in the districts, and social influencers in the area are also engaged to lead the groups. This diverse groups included journalists, lawyers, social workers, youth representatives, politicians, local […]

Exposure visit: Best Practice Sharing Workshop in Khulna

SERAC’s project staff team members attended the Best Practice Sharing Workshop on 4-5 October,2021 at City Inn Hotel, Khulna which was organized by Shushilan. In this workshop, learning sharing on the best practices of AFP-MSB project from the District Working Groups in Khulna took place and the team received guidance and support to develop an […]

Union centers visit in 3 districts to identify problems

The project staff team members visited the union health and family welfare centers in the 3 (three) districts , various problems had been identified there which will be addressed to the district working group members to take necessary advocacy steps with district FP department and the Union Parishads.

Orientation Workshop for Partner Organizations

              SERAC-Bangladesh team led by the Executive Director took part in the orientation workshop for the project partner organizations on 12-14 September 2021, which was organized by Marie Stopes Bangladesh at BRAC CDM, Rajendrapur. The sessions were informative and the project team achieved primary understanding of the workplan and […]