First Milestone Achieved for the IPPF-Funded Project

First Milestone Achieved for the IPPF-Funded Project entitled “Developing a Protocol for Low-Budget Reproductive Health Kit during Disasters and Crises”.

We are excited to announce that after months of systematic literature review of 47 sexual and reproductive health kits, 4 national guidelines and 10 one-to-one consultations with seven Technical Experts (UNFPA, Ipas, RHSTEP, FP2020, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) and Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB)), we have developed two low-budget reproductive health (RH) kits: ‘RH Kit Type A – Facility Set-up’ and ‘RH Kit Type B – Emergency Set-up’.

The ‘RH Kit Type A’ is designed for existing health facilities at primary level, and the ‘RH Kit Type B’ is designed for emergency set-ups (e.g., cyclone-cum-flood shelters or refugee camps) for the administration of an impromptu incomplete menstrual regulation and post-abortion care complications. Both RH kits are designed to save women’s lives from incomplete menstrual regulation and post-abortion care complications, before and after 12 weeks.

To validate these kits further we are holding the first stakeholder’s workshop on 8 March 2021 chaired by Dr. Md. Jaynal Haque (Program Manager, A&RH, MCH, DGFP) and Technical Expert Dr. Professor Sameena Chowdhury (President, OGSB). This workshop will be attended by representatives from Ipas, FPAB, UNFPA, RHSTEP, Marie Stopes, and Jhpiego.

We will share the protocol of both RH kits with the global community in April 2021.

The project is funded by IPPF’s Designated Regional Funds.

The project is led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (Principal Investigator (PI)) from the University of Leicester, in collaboration with Dr Fariha Haseen from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU, Co-PI), Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan from Data Management Aid (Co-I), Mrs Nimisha Goswami, Dr Murali Mohan Reddy Gopireddy (SRH Technical Advisors), and Dr Mahfuza Mousumi (Bangladesh-specific SRH Technical Advisor) from IPPF-SAR, and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’ Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP). The two Research Assistants (RAs) are Dr Sumaiya Tasneem Khan (BSMMU) and Mrs Denise Corsel (University of Leicester), and the chief technical consultant for this project is Professor Dr Sameena Chowdhury (President, Obstetrics and Gynecological Society).

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