An assessment of the Advancing Adolescent Health (A2H) program in Bangladesh

Advancing Adolescent Health (A2H) is a USAID-supported program implemented by Plan International Bangladesh in Rangpur district started in January 2016 and ended in January 2019. The study, in collaboration with MEASURE Evaluation/D4I, assessed the short-term effects of the A2H project on key program outcomes.
The assessment found that, the A2H Program may have played a role in delaying marriage within a short period of time in program area. In the program area, 82% of unmarried adolescents preferred to marry at age 20 or later, compared to the 70% in comparison area. Confidence among unmarried adolescents to be able to negotiate with parents to delay marriage was higher in A2H program area. Adolescents were successful in delaying early marriages through negotiations with family members, engaging influential community members and local government representatives. In delaying first birth through discussion and contraceptive use, high confidence was seen among unmarried adolescent girls who participated in A2H program. In the program area, 38% of unmarried girls and 13% of married girls aged 15-19 years participated in the program.

Assess the short-term effects of the A2H project (implemented by Plan Bangladesh) on key program outcomes on adolescents’ knowledge and attitude towards delaying marriage and first birth, and seeking health information and services including family planning.

Rangpur Sadar and Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district (intervention)
Nawabgang upazila of Dinajpur district (comparison)

MEASURE Evaluation


March 2019

Dr. Quamrun Nahar

An assessment of Advancing Adolescent Health (A2H) program in Bangladesh
Policy Brief on Assessment of the A2H Program in Rangpur