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Annual Program Review (APR) 2013

Field of Expertise:
Health Policy and Governance; Policy, Governance, System; Health Policy / Policy Dialogue / Governance / Legal framework
Narrative description of project:
The Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program (HPNSDP, 2011-2016) aims to improve access to and utilization of essential health, population and nutrition services, particularly by the poorest and most vulnerable. Progress has been impressive and outcome indicators such as Infant (IMR) and Under Five Year Old Child Mortality rates and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) continue to decline. Other key indicators such as Total Fertility Rate have also continued to fall in line with Government of Bangladesh’s plans. These successes are well documented as is the recognition that within this overall progress there are large disparities between outcomes for the rich and poor and between geographic regions. As the evidence for these disparities emerges so does the need for more targeted responses that prioritize efforts of government and development partners to address the issue of achieving the stated objectives for the poor and vulnerable people.
The Annual Program Review 2013 of the Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program (HPNSDP, 2011-2016) was carried out by an Independent Review Team for the Government of Bangladesh/Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (GoB/MoHFW) and Development Partners.