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Approaches and strategies

How we work is just as important as what we do. Find out more about our strategies and approaches.

We're committed to providing services that meet our clients' needs. That means delivering high standards of quality and care, protecting and promoting our clients' rights, and communicating effectively, while maintaining the confidentiality of those we serve. Find out how we do each of these below.

 

Innovation

We are constantly looking to improve our services and reach more of the hardest-to-reach communities in Bangladesh. That means innovation is key. Here are just a few examples of programmes we have developed to meet specific client needs.

Health card scheme

To address the SRH and general health needs of the garment factory workers, Marie Stopes operates a health card scheme paid for by the factory owners. The services are provided by a mobile team which goes directly to the factories to provide satellite services including family planning, ANC, limited general health and other services. At present, Marie Stopes has a partnership with around 80 factories throughout Dhaka, Chittagong, Tongi and Khulna.

Homeless programme

Marie Stopes has been providing satellite services to the homeless since 2002. This initiative provides reproductive health and other services to the homeless population through a mobile clinic van in selected areas where a high percentage of the homeless population congregates at night. The services are free of charge (including medication) except for five taka that is initially charged for a membership registration card. At present, Marie Stopes conducts satellite sessions for the homeless population in 10 locations in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Opportunity card scheme

Through this scheme, the poorest groups of people are entitled to free treatment and drugs for their entire household. Marie Stopes has an established participatory tool for identifying the poorest of the poor within communities.

Voucher scheme

Marie Stopes has been implementing a ‘voucher scheme’ initiative to improve access to safe delivery services, through which poor and underserved pregnant women get normal and caesarean delivery services free of cost from qualified service providers of MS and other local public and private clinic/hospitals. This scheme covers transport cost as well as treatment and medicine costs. MS has the experience of implementing this scheme in Bhola, Barisal, Shariatpur and Kishoreganj districts. 

Roving team initiative

Marie Stopes provides Voluntary Surgical Contraception (VSC) and Intra Uterine Device (IUD) services in remote underserved areas of Bangladesh through 11 VSC and 28 IUD Roving Teams (RTs) in collaboration with local family planning departments of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). Each VSC RT has a surgeon and 1-2 assistants, while each IUD RT has one Paramedic. They work in close coordination with the GoB and provide these services in remote GoB centres experiencing a shortage of service providers.

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