WACIT Bangladesh: Community engagement and innovation in rural health clinic

Only 12km from the border, one would never expect this systematic network of maternal and child health centres and satellite clinics provided by Shimantik NGO. Mothers waiting in the clinic did not have to travel more than one km. The highlight was hearing their own advice for new mothers – no surprise that this centre alone has 54 community volunteers!

The staff innovation, tools and strategies reflected that engagement: healthy nutrition packs, the smiley banner for every village family home under antenatal care, and the Mother Banks to encourage families to save for the new baby. Ready for the next mental health stride!


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