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Bangladesh: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

Sameh El-Saharty, Naoko Ohno, Intissar Sarker, Federica Secci and Bushra Binte Alam

No 93555, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world. Poverty remains high at 43 percent of the population subsist on less than United States (U.S.) $1.25 per day (2010). Bangladesh achieved several millennium development goal (MDG) targets in education, health, and poverty reduction. Gender equality and women's empowerment are important determinants of reproductive health. While fertility and contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) are evenly distributed, wide gaps in access to maternal health services remain. Bangladesh will need to focus on increasing political commitment to adolescent health; focusing interventions on high-fertility and high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) areas; addressing human resources constraints; and harnessing the use of technology.

Keywords: access to food; adolescent; adolescent fertility; adolescent health; adolescent health programs; adolescents; age at marriage; antenatal care; birth spacing; birth weight ... See More + child birth; child marriage; Child mortality; contraceptive prevalence; contraceptives; current Population; delivery complications; Early childbearing; economic growth; empowering women; essential health services; family planning; family planning program; female; female education; female sterilization; fertility; fertility decline; fertility rate; fertility rates; first birth; first child; first marriage; Gender; Gender equality; Gender Inequality; gender inequity; gender parity; girls; health care; human development; human resources; live births; male condoms; married women; maternal death; maternal deaths; maternal health; maternal health outcomes; maternal health services; Maternal mortality; mother; mothers; neonatal tetanus; nurses; Nutrition; nutritional status; pace of decline; pill; Population Policy; Population Research; Postnatal care; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Outcomes; progress; remittances; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; Reproductive Health Outcomes; rural women; sanitation; secondary education; Skilled birth attendance; social norms; social sectors; Social Welfare; Tetanus; UNDP; UNFPA; UNICEF; urban areas; urban women; vaccination; World Health Organization; youth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2014-11
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