Bangladesh Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (BAMANEH), as the name implies, is concerned with maternal, neonatal and child health services. Being concerned at the alarming situation of high maternal and neonatal mortality along with higher rate of morbidity, a group of highly experienced medical professionals and renowned social workers united and laid the foundation of the organization in September 1979. Late Prof. (Dr.) Syeda Firoza Begum, an eminent Obstetrician/Gynecologist of the country was the founder President of the organization. As a pioneer national NGO, BAMANEH has been contributing significantly in the arena of Maternal, Neonatal and Child health care since its inception and supplements and complements Govt.’s efforts in the health sector.
In the early stages of the organization, it was considered that the very objective of improving maternal and child health and reduction of maternal and child mortality could be achieved to a great extent by training of Traditional Birth Attendant (TBAs), thereby, ensuring safe deliveries of babies. Accordingly, initiatives were taken for simple training programs for TBAs attending around 90 to 95 percent of deliveries in the villages. From this programme, positive results were obtained. Later on, it was realized that the services of these village based TBAs could as well be utilized for family planning motivation and health care awareness. Thus, in 1982, the activities of TBA’s were expanded to incorporate motivation for family planning and distribution of non-clinical contraceptives. This work was carried out in 5 selected areas of the country with the financial support from The Asia Foundation and was continued up to August, 1997
With growing experience, BAMANEH started to strengthen its activities by setting up static MCH clinics and satellite centers for providing improved mother and child health care services. Swiss Red Cross (SRC) came forward with financial and technical support under the name of “COMMUNITY BASED MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH CARE PROJECT” from 1986 to 2000. After this period, this project received fund from International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH) and Vitol Charitable Foundation (VCF) of U.K up to 2013
BAMANEH in the year 1991, undertook a special project titled ‘CONTINUING EDUCATION OF TBA’s’ with financial and technical support from World Health Organization (WHO), which showed that the continuing education program for TBA’s is effective in reducing the maternal as well as infant mortality quite significantly.
In September 1997, USAID entrusted Pathfinder International with the responsibility of running the Rural Service Delivery Project (RSDP). Under this project, BAMANEH was awarded nine (9) rural upazilas for service delivery. As a result of satisfactory performance, BAMANEH has been continuing to receive funds from USAID through its succeeding implementing agencies. With the passage of time, the number of clinics under BAMANEH has increased. At present, a total of 26 clinics of BAMANEH are receiving funds from USAID-DFID under NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP) through Pathfinder International.