The Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) pioneered the family planning movement in the country. The oldest and largest non-governmental organization (NGO) of its kind, FPAB was established in 1953 under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. Humayra Sayed – a renowned social workerwith the objective of improving the quality of life of the underprivileged section of the society.
Its work is diverse. It aims at promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through advocacy and services across Bangladesh, especially for poor and vulnerable people. It also defends the right of young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill-health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination.
FPAB operates a robust and dynamic network of 21 comprehensive clinics, 6 unit clinics and 58 mobile facilities. Youth-friendly services are provided from 21 special centres called ‘TararMela’. A total of 1,260 Reproductive Health Promoters (RHPs) provide community-based doorstep sexual and reproductive healthcare all year round. Women empowerment activities are carried out by 72 Family Development Centres (FDC) run by 21 branch offices of the organization.
Our core goals include:
- Improving the quality of lives of individuals, especially the poor and vulnerable people, by campaigning for sexual health and reproductive rights through advocacy and services;
- Defending the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill-health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination;
- Supporting woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely;
- Striving to eliminate Sexually Transmitted Infections and to eradicate HIV/AIDS;
- Building partnership with the stakeholders to achieve organizational goals more efficiently and effectively.
USPs of FPAB:
Institutional linkages: The largest and oldest NGO in the country providing family planning services, FPAB partners with government departments including the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), Ministry of Health Family Welfare (MoHFW) Directorate of Health Services, Directorate of Family Planning and Directorate of Social Welfare. It also collaborates with a vast network of CSOs the media and donor agencies.
Strong infrastructure: Strong franchise of service delivery points across the country including 21 static clinics with well-equipped state of the art laboratory and radiology facilities, which are autonomous and locally owned. Further, hotlines are established in all the 21 clinics for e-counselling and services.
Robust distribution model: Provides services to around 5 million people (including 53% young people), contributing to around 4.5% of the total national family planning performance every year.
Community-focussed: With a frontline workforce of over thousand trained Reproductive Health Promoters (RHPs) and 70 + Family development Centres (FDCs), FPAB delivers very effective community-based SRH and FP interventions.
Youth- Led: Tarar Mela- a successful youth initiative of FPAB - emphasises on holistic youth engagement and leadership delivering CSE and youth friendly services in an effective way