Prototyping Facility and Crisis Reproductive Health Kits in Bangladesh


Full Title: Prototyping Facility and Crisis Reproductive Health Kits in Bangladesh

Short Title: Prototyping RH Kits

Duration: September 2023 to July 2024

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC IAA – ES/X004732/1)

Core Team: Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett (PI), University of Leicester; Dr. Elvina Mustary, Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Programme (RHSTEP); Mr. Maqbul Bhuiyan, Data Management Aid (DMA); Dr. Manjur Hossain, Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), Government of Bangladesh.

Support Members: Dr. Te Klangnoonkrong and Ms. Lauren MacLeod.


  1. To prototype the Facility and Crisis RH Kits: Through evidence-based research and consultation with technical experts in Bangladesh and beyond, we will determine the number of i. women that each Kit can serve; ii. medicines and supplies/ equipment required per Kit; and iii. Kits each facility could potentially require in disaster-prone areas.
  2. To develop a Toolkit: We will develop instruction guidelines for service providers to administer the Kits (aka Toolkit) in Bangla and English.
  3. To seek approval: We will present the prototypes to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh and seek approval.
  4. To explore commercial viability: We will develop a roadmap to commercialise the prototypes and develop a sustainable financial model.

Facility and RH Kits

The Facility and Crisis RH Kits are designed for treating incomplete abortion, including septic and spontaneous abortion and post-abortion care complications (before and after 12 weeks of missed period of menstruation). These Kits are tailored and contain medicines, supplies and equipment that can be procured locally; thus, keeping the costs low without compromising the quality and efficiency of care.

The Facility RH Kit is designed to be positioned easily at flood or cyclone-prone primary/secondary health facilities and where services are lacking to promote disaster readiness. They can also develop the capacity of service providers along with health facilities.

The Crisis RH Kit is designed to be lightweight so that service providers can carry it to an emergency set-up (e.g., flood-cum-cyclone shelters, safe homes, refugee camps or any temporary disaster camps).


The potential outcome of this project (although not limited to) are:

  • Increase in the provision and continuity of reproductive health services during disasters and crises in resource-poor settings of developing countries.
  • Remarkably contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity during disasters and humanitarian crises.
  • Contribute towards the UN’s Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP), the Sphere Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, the SDG 3: target 5.6 and the Sendai Goal A and Priority for Action 4.


The proposed project continues from a legacy project, which has gone through four different phases.

First Phase (2015 – 2018): Funded by International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Innovation Fund, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett in collaboration with her project partners developed and tested an evidence-based intervention packagecalled RHCC (Reproductive Health (RH) Kit 8 of UNFPA, Capacity building, Community awareness) to improve the quality and availability of reproductive care during a major flood in Bangladesh.

Second Phase (2019 – 2020): funded by ESRC IAA Large Rapid Response Scheme, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett and her collaborators developed a strategy on how to replace the UNFPA’s RH Kit 8 and make RHCC cost-effective.

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Project: Raising the Visibility, Outreach and Impact

Third Phase (2020 – 2021): funded by IPPF’s Regional Fund, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett and her collaborators  developed an evidence-based protocol for two low-budget Kits named Facility and Crisis RH Kits.

Fourth Phase (2021): funded by IPPF’s Humanitarian Hub, the PI began prototyping the Facility and Crisis RH Kits for Afghanistan. The fund was withdrawn by IPPF due to the political crisis in Afghanistan.

Project Updates

2 July 2024: We conducted the fourth Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting, which was also the final official one for the current phase of the project. We presented updates on costing and cost effectiveness of the Kits, progress on packaging, and next steps in the business model development for sustainable service in Bangladesh and India. We are truly grateful for the feedback and suggestions received, which would be crucial for the next phase.

16 May 2024: We conducted our third Technical Advisory Group Meeting and we have finalised the costing for the Facility and Crisis RH Kits.

30 April 2024: We have concluded 30 structured interviews and are also pleased to announce that the 3rd Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting will take place on 16 May.

22 February 2024: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett has been awarded ESRC Commercialization funding for this project and welcome two new collaborators from the Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka, Professor Syed A Hamid and Dr. Kazi M Rahman. Furthermore, the University of Leicester and the University of Dhaka have approved the ethics application.

30 November 2023: The research team was pleased to host the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the inaugural meeting. Leveraging their extensive expertise in reproductive and public health, TAG members provided the team with insightful feedback on the project’s protocol.

Their valuable suggestions will contribute significantly to the smooth execution of the project in Bangladesh. The next TAG meeting is scheduled for 15 February 2024 at 9 am (UK time). 

4 September 2023: All collaborators met to launch the project and develop a plan of action month by month to meet the project targets.

13 October 2023: The research team welcomed three new ADN Operation Members to discuss the sampling strategy for this study. This included Dr Winifred Ekezie, Mr. Lasith Dissanayake, and Mr. Shahid Hoque. Furthermore, the research team was excited to welcome back Dr Fariha Hassen who had collaborated with Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett in the development of the protocol for the Facility and Crisis Reproductive Health Kit. To determine the content of the kits, the research team has decided to base this on evidence from the district of Cox Bazar in Bangladesh.