BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), BRAC University organized a dissemination event of research project titled ‘REACHOUT-Reaching out and linking in: health systems and close-to-community services’ on 28th January, 2018 at Lakeshore Hotel.

REACHOUT is an international five-year project (2013-2018) implementation health research project funded by the European Union led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

In this research project, referral training was facilitated with formal and informal Close-to-Community (CTC) providers. Due to the poor referral system, there was gap in providing MR service to the community. With the support of Marie Stopes Bangladesh and RH Step, 15,950 referral cards had been revised. Through this intervention, informal CTC took advice from the formal one. In the whole project, the capacity was built up in three steps; individual, institutional and public policy through context analysis, quality improvement cycle one and two.

On the panel discussion, led by Dr. Selina Amin; Head, Midwifery Education Program and Project Director of JPGSPH, the speakers emphasized on the ICT program in the support centers. There are about 491 support centers for the MR which are not being used. They also pointed out on the inclusion of the adolescent in the awareness process since they are mostly the victim of the unwanted pregnancy. The actual number of MR is also unrecorded in Bangladesh.

Finally, the event closed with the recognition of the persons involved with the project.

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