WASHINGTON - The USAID/Bangladesh-funded Advancing Adolescent Health (A2H) project implemented by Plan International USA was recently awarded the best NGO for its contributions to family planning and adolescent health programming for the third year in a row. The project’s two local implementing partners, Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Lutheran Aid Mission to Bangladesh/World Mission Prayer League (LAMB Hospital), received awards for their work in all eight Upazilas of the Rangpur District.
In addition, the project received the Special Contributor Award for its District-level achievements in the areas of adolescent health programming and the establishment of adolescent-friendly health services in government-run health centers. The award was presented on World Population Day and the theme for this year was “Family planning is a Human Right.” The day was observed with local- and national-level activities in Bangladesh.
“The A2H project, in partnership with the Directorate General of Family Planning, is supporting adolescents and health care workers to collaborate on creating comprehensive, accessible, and youth-friendly health services,” says Kate Ezzes, Director of Youth and Economic Empowerment at Plan International USA.
The goal of the three-year A2H project is to improve the sexual, reproductive, and family planning knowledge of, access to, and use of related information and services by married and unmarried adolescents, ages 10-19. Plan and its implementing partners use a three-pronged approach with a foundational belief that improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) knowledge and access at the supply and demand sides of services, coupled with an engaged enabling environment, will lead to increased demand for ASRH, family planning, and associated health care services. Examples of activities include preventing child or early marriage, family planning and child spacing, and menstrual hygiene management, among others.
“The project is working to remove the stigma of adolescents visiting health clinics and working with parents to encourage their child to consult with health care providers,” comments Rehan Uddin Admed Raju, A2H Project Director. The A2H project began in 2016 and will continue through January 2019.
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