On August 30, 2018, a consultative meeting with development partners was organized by USAID’s Research for Decision Makers (RDM) Activity to share preliminary findings on family planning, maternal, newborn, child health services from the Bangladesh Health Facility Survey (BHFS) 2017. Program managers, evaluation specialists, scientists, measurement experts, project directors, research advisors, national consultants representing the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, USAID’s implementing partners, Dhaka University, icddr,b and other development partners including World Health Organization, Global Affairs Canada, Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh participated in this event and put forwarded their suggestions and feedback regarding preparation and presentation of BHFS 2017 results.
Prior to this consultative meeting, the preliminary results of the BHFS 2017 were also shared with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) for suggestions and feedback.
One of the objectives of USAID’s RDM Activity is to promote evidence-based programming through policy dialogue and advisory services and as part of this, the RDM Activity has been providing technical assistance to national surveys like the BHFS 2017 which is the fourth nationally representative health facility survey in Bangladesh and follows the 2009, 2011 and 2014 BHF surveys. The BHFS 2017 is led by National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT).