Country Information

Bangladesh is located in the north-eastern part of South Asia and covers an area of 147,570 square kilometres. For administrative purposes, the country is divided into 6 divisions, 64 districts, and 496 Upazilas (sub districts) (BBS, 2001). The country that has a population of about 150 million ranks 140th among all nations on the Human Development Index (HDI), as presented in the 2007-2008 Human Development Report (BDHS, 2007).



Key MNH Indicators for Bangladesh

  • Maternal Mortality Ratio: 170/100,000 live births 
  • Skilled Birth Attendance: 44% 
  • Contraceptive Prevalence Rate: 61%
  • Total Fertility Rate (per woman): 2.2 
  • Ante-Natal Care (at least one visit): 59%    (Source: WHO/ 2015)


CMNH has been working in Bangladesh since 2009 partnering strategically with the Government of Bangladesh and global agencies to ensure optimum impact of its work and dissemination of key findings.
CMNH has been involved in the following projects/studies:

  • Making it Happen 
  • What is the scope of practice and workload of nurse-midwives in low and middle income countries?
  • Community health workers for maternal and newborn health; case studies from the field




Making it Happen Programme

The MiH programme aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity by increasing the availability and improving the quality of Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC). The programme was delivered in 11 countries: in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia.

The Making it Happen Programme in Bangladesh was implemented in partnership with Centre for Injury Prevention in Bangladesh (CIPRB) and the Obstetrical Gynaelogical Society of Bangladesh to support the Ministry of Health. The programme has been implemented since 2009 and completed in 2014.

The MiH programme has been implemented in six districts and six medical colleges and also the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The programme has resulted in:

  • 1616 health care workers trained in EmONC 
  • 756 pre-service students trained in EmONC 
  • 186 course facilitators trained in EmONC
  • 27 course directors trained in EmONC
  • 182 health care workers trained in data collection and usage