Healthy Women, Healthy Families: “Shustha Ma, Shustha Poribar”

Project Overview

Healthy Women, Healthy Families, “Shustha Ma, Shustha Poribar,” seeks to improve the quality and use of maternal, newborn, and child health and family planning services and information among young women and their partners in the urban municipality of Tongi in Gazipur district, Bangladesh. 

In close collaboration with district health officials and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives―both of which share responsibility for urban health in Bangladesh―MSH will work with local partners to design, implement, and evaluate a program for young women, and their partners, experiencing their first pregnancy. This program will improve both the clinical quality of care and experience of antenatal care, safe delivery, newborn and infant health and nutrition, and planning for healthy birth spacing. Healthy Women, Healthy Families will offer social support for young mothers-to-be, especially from their peers; and foster positive engagement from key people in their lives, such as male partners, parents, and in-laws. 

Using a robust and replicable co-design process with local stakeholders, the program aims to increase demand for high-quality services and improve healthy behaviors throughout pregnancy, delivery, and the postnatal period, and in turn, improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes in Tongi. 

Findings generated from an evaluation of Healthy Women, Healthy Families will generate evidence-based recommendations to refine and adapt maternal and child health and family planning policies and programs for youth in Bangladesh and globally.