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Who We Are

BWHC is a national NGO, working with underprivileged and marginalized women, children and adolescents through health-oriented development interventions, with a prime focus on reproductive health services and action-oriented community education.

BWHC is committed to bring about positive changes in the quality of women’s lives by making available reproductive and primary health services as well as other basic social services that enable women to exercise their reproductive and human rights.

BWHC will continue to distinguish itself as a model of development organization, oriented towards health by maintaining transparency and quality through experienced staff to meet the organizational and community needs.


BWHC believes that the quality of women’s lives could be enhanced by emphasizing an inclusive gender approach, by community participation and by working in integration and collaboration with the government and other fellow organizations.

  • Date of Inception: 1st April 1980
  • Priority population: Marginalized /Underprivileged women, children, adolescents, the elderly
  • Total population coverage: 1.5 million
  • Total Staff: 294
  • Male: 77
  • Female: 217
  • Support Staff: 43
  • Community Health Volunteers: 32
  • Local Support Group Members: 160


  • Division : 6
  • District  : 28
  • Upazilla : 28

Our Expertise:

  • Development and implementation of integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Program
  • Implementation of Community Development program through awareness raising and BCC
  • Implementation of multi-sectored HIV/AIDS program
  • Working with sex workers
  • Community mobilization and BCC for sex workers, clients of sex workers and young people

Programs and Projects in operation

Sl. No. Program/Projects Donors Duration
1 Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) BWHC’s Own Fund April  1980 to till date
2 Expanding provision of essential  service to Street, Hotel and Residence based female Sex Workers’ RCC Program (GFATM 908) Save the Children International April 2008 to November 2015
3 Fistula Patient’s Treatment Recovery And Rehabilitation Project UNFPA through Govt Nov 2006 to Dec 2016
4 Shokhi Project (Women’s Health, Rights and Choices) Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) Dec 2013 to Dec 2017
5 CHETONA Project: Comprehensive Care and Protection for Children of Sex worker and Children affected by HIV /AIDS Save the Children International Aug 2013 to July 2017
6 Link Up Project : Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Young People affected by HIV Link up , BWHC and Ashar Alo Society Dec 2013 to Dec 2015
7 Scale Up of Preventing  Unsafe Abortion in Selected Areas of Bangladesh Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) , IPPF July 2014 to June 2016

BWHC working areas: Service Delivery Location:

Sl. No. Division Working District Upazilla / Ward
1 Dhaka Dhaka Dhaka City Corporation
2 Dhaka Narayangonj Narayangonj Sadar
3 Dhaka Tangail Tangail Sadar
4 Dhaka Narshingdi Polash
5 Rangpur Gaibandha Shagata
6 Khulna Narail Lohagora
7 Sylhet Sylhet Sylhet Sadar
8 Sylhet Sylhet Zakigonj
9 Barisal Patuakhali / Bhola / Pirojpur / Barguna / Jhalokhati Sadarupazilla
10 Dhaka Jamalpur / Kishorgonj Mymensingh
11 Rangpur Rangpur / lalmonirhat / Kurigram / Nilphamari / Thakurgaon / Dinajpur Faridpur Sadar
12 Rajshahi Rajshahi / Naogaon / Pabna / Sirajgonj / Chapainawabgonj Madaripur Sadar
13 Sylhet Shunamgonj / Habigonj / Moulvibazar Jabalpur Sadar
Publications (RESEARCH):

Audio Visual Fistula Documentary film (Obstetric Fistula Treatment Training and Rehabilitation)



Year Reports / Study / Research titles Prepared/Conducted by
March 2007 Impact of Enhancing Women’s Legal Rights and Advocacy Program on Empowerment of Women Dr. M .Kabir

Hasina Chaklader

Jahanara Sadeque

Jan-Dec 2006 Influence of Mother’s Nutritional Status on Under Five Children and Factors affecting it in Rural Bangladesh

Mainstreaming Aging in Health: Will it be Possible

What We know about Elderly Population’s health Problem: Evidences from Rural Bangladesh villages

BWHC team

Hasina Chaklader

Masudul Haque; Hasina Chaklader; Prof. M Kabir

Hasina Chaklader, Prof. M Kabir

Jan-Dec 2005
  1. A souvenir containing reflections of staff regarding Silver Jubilee
  2. Study on Early Marriage and Child bearing in Bangladesh
jointly conducted by BWHC and AED, USA
August 2004 Fiona and Arean’s (Intern from Australia) case story

Evaluation of Women Empowerment Project

Fiona &Arean , Final year student of RMIT university
2004 Base Line Survey of Reproductive & Sexual Health Program of BWHC HasinaChaklader& Team
Operation Research titled “Costing analysis of HIV/AIDS” intervention at BWHC was conducted in collaboration with ICDDR’B. BWHC & ICDDR,B
March 2003 Base Line Survey on Older People in BWHC Community Working Area(Urban, Semi urban & Rural context) HasinaChaklader


Prof. DR. M Kabir

Sensitizing Male on domestic Violence through male peer educator model. BWHC
Socio Economic Situation of urban Elderly Population: Evidence from a micro study HasinaChaklader

Prof. DR. M Kabir

Sensitization of Men on Domestic Violence against Women Through Male Peer Educators Model: An Operations Research in Three villages in Bangladesh BWHC (Women Empowerment Project)
Three year’s trend analysis of MR services  in Six centers of BWHC BWHC
“Probin Niey Amar Joto Vabna” A case story of older women of Polash center (in Bangla). HasinaChaklader

HamidaAwal, Polash Center

BWHC Annual Report -2002 DR. DeelAfroze& Team
2002 Review existing skills of service providers of BWHC BWHC
Situation of BWHC School based AFLE program in two projects site BWHC
Empowerment of Women through Strengthening comprehensive sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes of BWHC: A Base line Survey BWHC
BWHC Annual Report -2001 BWHC
January 2001 Health seeking behavior and

Demand for health services in the health seeking behavior and demand for health services in the areas served by BWHC

BWHC Annual Report -2000




Tawheed Reza Noor

Human Development Research Center

February 2000 A situation analysis of older peoplein Bangladesh  (A Collaborative Study with Help Age International ) Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC) BAIGGAM, BRAC   RIC
March 2000 A study on cost analysis of Bangladesh   health economics women’s  health  coalition (BWHC) Health Economics Program

Public Health Science Division ICDDR,B