1. Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the UBR (2nd Phase) Project
The primary target group of the Unite for Body Right (UBR) program is in and out of school young people aged 10 to 19 years and 20 – 24 years, living in poor urban, semi urban and rural communities. Another important target group of the program are the people that are in the day-today environment of young people (the enabling environment), most importantly: their parents, teachers, headmasters, health-workers, youth organizers and community leaders. Government officials at health and education institutes (lobby targets), policy-makers at higher Governmental levels and journalists constitute the third target group of the program.
The project is specifically working with the young people (10 – 19 year) living in rural and (semi) urban areas in 12 Upazillas to be increasingly aware of their SRH rights and have knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding their sexual reproductive health. The project is also focusing on young people (20 – 24 years) living in poor rural and (semi)urban areas in 12 Upazillas have access to SRHR services that adhere to the national standards. Besides these in the 12 Upazillas SRHR friendly supportive enabling environment is ensured and focused on sustainability of access to YFS and CSE in the communities where the young people resides. The project is also trying to contribute to the development of (national) Governmental policies and programs that include youth-friendly SRH education and services.
2. An end-line assessment of Phase I of ASTHA project
The Achieving Sustainability to Healthcare Access (ASTHA) Project in Bangladesh aims to facilitate healthcare in the country3. According to the Terms of Reference, the overarching objective of the project is to establish a wide and functional network of Community Paramedics (CP), which will render quality basic healthcare services for rural community, with special emphasis on maternal and child health (MCH), family planning (FP), adolescent healthcare services (AHS) and basic primary healthcare services. ASTHA, in its phase I (January 2015 to December 2018), is targeting to ensure quality healthcare treatment of about 40,000 rural poor people in three districts, namely Nilphamari, Sunamganj and Patuakhali of Bangladesh.
After 4 years of implementation of ASTHA project phase I (Jan 2015-Dec 2018), Swisscontact intends to assess the impact generated by these interventions. Therefore ASTHA requires appointing a competent consultancy firm/individual to conduct an end-line assessment with a specified number of samples both from the project and non-project districts. We, Health21 as a consultancy firm working for more than 14 years in the field of health sector and completed the assessment as their required.