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.


Bangladesh Reports 40% Drop in Maternal Mortality in Past Decade

From 1998 to 2003, we partnered with the Bangladesh government to overhaul the country’s population policy, shifting it from a narrow family-planning focus to a comprehensive reproductive health approach.

Longing, Belonging, & Identity: Young Gay Men in Bangladesh

  • August 15, 2011

19-year-old Kabir is now counting the days to be rescued from a rehabilitation center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The person fighting the legal battle is no one from his family, but a lawyer who took up the case seeing the inhumane ‘conversion’ process Kabir has been going through. In fact, it was his family that…