Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB)
The Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) is the oldest and largest non-governmental organization (NGO) in family planning in Bangladesh. It delivers over 7% of all national family planning activity.
FPAB operates a robust and dynamic network of over 1,500 services points, including: 37 permanent clinics, 58 mobile facilities and over 1,400 community-based distributors/services (CBDs/CBSs).
The physical reach of the operation and the extent of its achievements are testament to the dedication of 800 staff and over 6,000 volunteers.
FPAB’s work is diverse. It targets people right across the community, in all areas, but with a particular emphasis on work in under-served locations such as urban slums. In addition to health professionals, FPAB makes wide use of peer educators, community leaders and mass media to disseminate information on family planning, population and SRH issues.
FPAB organizes seminars with representatives of religious groups and public authorities, it trains health workers, and in pursuit of strengthening women’s personal and social position, it runs skills training workshops.
Allied to small loans projects, this training enables women to realize a level of economic independence and financial input into households which empowers them to take greater control over decisions regarding their fertility.
A key focus for FPAB is ensuring that projects are sustainable and cost-effective, and the organization has been highly effective in achieving this goal.