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Donor Target Australia visits CARE’s maternal healthcare services in Gazipur
August 18, 2015
Women who have received maternal healthcare services through the Improving Maternal Infant Health in Bangladesh (IMIHB) project had the opportunity to thank project donor, Target Australia in person last week.
Extending their gratitude to the donor representatives, the women said the project’s Community Support Groups helped them access the emergency healthcare services they needed during their pregnancies.
Visiting the project in Gazipur, Target Australia Board Members spoke to beneficiaries and observed health system strengthening initiatives including a birth planning session, a Community Support Group meeting and a Community Clinic.
Over 800,000 garment workers live and work in Gazipur, one of the fastest growing cities in Bangladesh. The IMIHB project has a particular impact on ready-made garment factory workers and their families, directly benefiting 63,000 people through capacity building, awareness generation and referral links activities.
The Board Members saw first-hand how the project is enhancing the existing healthcare systems and benefiting marginalized communities in urban areas.
In a birth planning session in a beneficiary’s home they observed how all of the household members actively took part in the session with a Family Welfare Assistant.
In a Community Support Group meeting they saw how maternal health in the project areas is tracked by the group through newly identified pregnant women being marked on a social map.
The Target Australia representatives also visited a Community Clinic where they observed the health service delivery activities and the linkages CARE Bangladesh is facilitating between marginalized urban communities and government services.
CARE Bangladesh partners with over 30 companies on development projects around Bangladesh. For more information on CARE Bangladesh’s Private Sector Engagement please visit http://carebangladesh.org/work-what.php.

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