Marie Stopes Bangladesh (MSB) was established in 1988 in Chittagong following a survey by Marie Stopes International which highlighted the need for a high quality family planning service in the region.
We started our journey with a modest clinic financed by the UK's then Overseas Development Administration Joint Funding Scheme. This clinic soon became very successful due to its client focus, high quality services and innovative marketing. Within three years, approximately 500 clients were being seen each month, and the clinic was well on the way to financial sustainability.
Following this success, we set up three more clinics in 1990-92 with European Commission co-financing, and in 1994 established an employment based family planning project with further funding from the ODA’s JFS.
By 1995, MSB had firmly established itself as a high quality service provider and as a result was awarded a large bilateral grant by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This allowed us to establish a head office in Dhaka, invest substantially in developing and expanding our team and significantly expand our service delivery network.
Simultaneously, we also extended the range of reproductive health services provided in our clinics, including the management of sexually transmitted infections – an area in which our expertise is ranked very highly in Bangladesh.
Apart from the direct service delivery, MSB also initiated capacity building and awareness building among vulnerable and marginalised groups of society. Like the DFID project provided us with the opportunity to work with vulnerable and marginalised groups, and to work in partnership with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help address the needs of these groups.
History of the evolution of Marie Stopes Bangladesh
MSB was established in 1988 in Chittagong following a survey by Marie Stopes International (MSI) which highlighted the need for a high quality family planning service in the region.
MSB started its journey with a modest referral clinic financed by the UK’s then Overseas Development Administration Joint Funding Scheme.
MSB set up three more referral clinics in 1990-92 with European Commission co-financing.
MSB established an employment based family planning project with further funding from the ODA’s JFS.
MSB establish a head office in Dhaka.
Start investing substantially in developing and expanding its team and its service delivery network as well.
MSB extended the range of reproductive health services it were providing in MSB clinics and also extended the management of sexually transmitted infections.
MSB established three more referral clinics and the number of clinics become seven.
Marie Stopes started implementing Mini Clinics, an innovative model to meet the huge unmet need of the slum women and children for Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) and general health services at an affordable price. These Mini clinics are served by Paramedics, located in the hearts of the slum areas and offer basic family planning along with primary health care services (excluding VSC, IUD, Implant, MR and PAC).
MSB started 44 mini clinics and 23 referral clinics.
Marie Stopes became the first health service providing NGO in Bangladesh, certified as ISO 9001:2000 compliment.
MS proceeded to cater to the needs of middle income and upper middle-income groups with a safety net for the low income and poor clients and set up a comparatively higher rated Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care in Dhaka with its own reserve fund.
Expanded its services centers by 31 referral clinics, 6 premium clinics, 32 MSB clinics and 37 mini clinics.
The total number of clinics increased to 132 containing 43 referral clinics, 6 premium clinics, 74 MSB clinics and 9 mini clinics.
The facility of mini clinics is abolished. Instead of it there were 27 referral clinics, 6 premium clinics and 74 MSB clinics.
MSB has a total of 141 clinics of which 61 are referrals, 15 are premium and 65 MSB clinics.
MSB developed 'Scaling-Up Excellence' strategy for vision 2020