Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is running a MCH Program since its birth in 1972. Realizing the need of MCH program in the vulnerable communities BDRCS has scaled up the program in the last 40 years.
At present, there are 56 MCH centers throughout the country, mostly in the rural but some are also in the urban areas. Service providers are local women and trained by BDRCS.
The service components are ante natal care, normal delivery, post natal care, child health care, immunization, family planning, general health care and referral. Counseling is an integral part of the services. Raising maternal health awareness is also our primary focus.
Four field officers of BDRCS perform the supervision and monitoring. In 2012 the total number of normal deliveries were 5513 which is about 10 per MCH centre per month. Similarly an average of 50 children were immunized, 25 couples received contraceptives and 200 persons received general health care per centre per month. An assessment conducted in 2009, has shown that the maternal mortality and infant mortality rate in the BDRCS MCH catchment villages are lower than the adjacent villages.
In the development of MCH program, BDRCS has received technical and financial assistance from Danish Red Cross (DRC), Japan Red Cross (JRC) amcross, German Red Cross (GRC) and international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
We still a long way to go with over 50 MCH centers requiring upgrades of facility and expertise that if addressed, could impact of up to a million more beneficiaries and individuals. It is also expected that more institutional deliveries, new born care, family planning and effective referral system will lead to a decrease in the maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the catchment population.