Low Performance of BRAC’s Health and Family Planning Facilitation Programme in Habiganj District and Hard to Reach Areas

Using data from qualitative interviews with clients (both females and males) and BRAC staff, this report examined the performance of BRAC's family planning programme in some low performing thanas and hard to reach areas in Habiganj. It was found that the poor performance of the family planning program in this particular area can be attributed to continual shortages of female and male staff, additional workload, and low morale, resulting in high drop out rates of staff members. Family planning is relegated to a secondary role because the service system provides little time or opportunities for staff to carry out effective mobilization.

Moreover, geographical barriers, particularly in hard to reach areas (location, distance, lack of transport) make it difficult for female staff to access difficult areas. A number of depot holders expressed dissatisfaction with their voluntary work. There is a lack of adequate supply of contraceptives from the government in all of the thanas visited. Widespread religious ideologies against contraceptive use affect and influence the village communities. A considerable number of BRAC female staff have dilemmas with BRAC's mandatory policy of riding bicycles in the conservative areas, which affect the delivery of services. Performance of the programme can be improved by addressing the problems revealed in the study.

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  • Writer Name: Sabina Faiz Rashid
  • Published Date: Sunday, 06 June 1999
  • Country: Bangladesh