ACCESS Health International started working in Bangladesh from early 2011, with an intention to explore and document the diverse healthcare services and innovations in the country. Although the public health care system is by far the largest delivery network but lack of accessibility and availability has created a need for interventions especially for the poor and low-income populations. Multiple private not-for profit organizations, spread over the country are attempting to fill the gaps with different types of innovations.
In 2011, ACCESS Health Bangladesh profiled more than forty organizations under the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) program . We further created six case studies to focus not only on the innovations but also on the impact on the targeted populations.
Going ahead, the strategy is to create a national platform for practitioner-to-practitioner learning and knowledge sharing among the providers in resource constrained settings, where the human resource for health is critical for the quality of care.
Different reviews and research suggest improving human resource capacity for healthcare is critical for Bangladesh for ensuring quality of care especially for achieving Millennium Development Goals for maternal and child health. ACCESS Health Bangladesh aims to bridge the gaps by creating an enabling environment for practitioner-to-practitioner knowledge sharing of best practices, with appropriate moderators and experts drawn from relevant operational models and research agencies.