Project profile — Strengthening SRHR and GVB Prevention in Host Communities of Cox's Bazar


UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (41119)
2018-12-17 - 2022-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Bangladesh (100.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (7.00%)
Basic nutrition (12240) (3.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (10.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (10.00%)
Family planning (13030) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)


The project aims to provide equitable sexual and reproductive health care and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) for people living in local communities of Cox’s Bazar impacted by the influx of over 740,000 Rohingya refugees since August 2017. Cox’s Bazar is one of Bangladesh’s poorest and most vulnerable districts, with poverty well above the country’s national average. The influx of Rohingya has increased economic tensions and competition for scarce resources, including jobs and income among the Rohingya and the existing Bangleshi communities where the refugees are camped, as well as having a serious impact on local infrastructure and services. This situation is particularly difficult for women and children who are the most vulnerable. The project works to improve the accessibility to GBV and psychosocial services in public health facilities and women-friendly spaces for survivors of GBV. Project activities include: (1) increasing awareness and use of services by survivors through outreach activities; (2) building the self-reliance skills of 4,000 women with information on their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), functional numeracy and literacy skills, nutrition and core life skills; (3) engaging 30,000 community members through implementing, for the first time in Bangladesh, the SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) community mobilization strategy for raising awareness and preventing GBV; and (4) developing a community-based GBV response and prevention program, including engagement with men and boys for their role in protecting families and communities from GBV. Benefiting over 500,000 women and girls, the project supports the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in: (1) strengthening public health facilities to provide high-quality midwifery and emergency obstetric care; (2) increasing the availability of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, including family planning, contraception and treatment of STIs and HIV; and (3) developing training materials and providing training for health care providers on GBV response and treatment of survivors.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced provision of equitable and high quality SRHR services to women and adolescent girls in host communities of Cox’s Bazar; and (2) improved prevention of and response to gender-based violence in Cox’s Bazar.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2021 include: (1) 375,845 women of reproductive age received information and services about sexual and reproductive health at project intervention health facilities; (2) 38,426 deliveries conducted by skilled health care providers in Cox's Bazar (CXB) district; (3)14375 pregnant women received at least four antenatal care visits in CXB; (4) 670,919 women of reproductive age became aware of at least four modern methods of contraception; (5) 71507 community members received information related to sexual and reproductive health and rights through awareness-raising activities; (6) 92% of 385 host community members surveyed demonstrated knowledge of available services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and how to access them; (7) 5807 community members actively engaged in community-based GBV prevention mechanisms; (8) 23 healthcare facilities in CXB received capacity-building support to help respond to the health needs of GBV survivors more effectively; (9) 60 schools and madrasas introduced and continue to implement the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) curriculum; (10) 2220 adolescents (1540 girls; 680 boys) demonstrated increased knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and life skills; (11) 108 service providers, including doctors, midwives, nurses, family welfare visitors and assistants, completed various critical trainings in family planning. Also provided follow-up sessions to 74% of the participants to enhance their use of the acquired skills; and (12) confirmed 92 fistula cases and carried out 82 successful surgeries. Also, 83 fistula survivors received need-based rehabilitation and reintegration support to finally return to their families and communities with dignity.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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