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From 1998 to 2003, IWHC worked with Bangladesh government officials and civil society organizations to design the country’s first national health and population strategy. During this five-year strategy, maternal mortality was reduced by 26 percent and infant mortality by 22 percent.

IWHC also supported several research studies in Bangladesh, and in 2006 helped launch the Bangladesh Health Watch network to ensure implementation of the national health agenda. IWHC has also supported researchers at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee School of Public Health to train civil society to integrate a human rights and sexuality approach to their health advocacy.