Essential Health Services: Bangladesh
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Essential Package of Health Services Country Snapshot
Resource Type: Brief
Authors: Jenna Wright
Published: July 2015
An Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) can be defined as the package of services that the government is providing or is aspiring to provide to its citizens in an equitable manner.
This country snapshot is one in a series of 24 snapshots looking at the governance dimensions of Essential Packages of Health Services in the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Death priority countries. The snapshot explores several important dimensions of the EPHS in the country, such as how government policies contribute to the service coverage, population coverage, and financial coverage of the package.
The government of Bangladesh first defined an “Essential Service Package” in 1998, then updated it in 2003 and renamed it the “Essential Service Delivery” Package. This package is defined at a high level, and includes: child health care, safe motherhood, family planning, menstrual regulation, post-abortion care, and management of sexually transmitted infections; communicable diseases (including tuberculosis, malaria, others); emerging noncommunicable diseases (diabetes, mental health conditions, cardiovascular diseases); limited curative care and behavior change communication; and nutrition.Download
Essential Package of Health Services and Health Benefit Plans Mapping Brief
Resource Type: Brief
Authors: Jeena Mathew
Published: June 2017
Many governments are scaling up health benefit plans, such as social health insurance, to increase population health coverage. This brief presents findings from a mapping between the services covered under the country’s prominent health benefit plan(s) to the country’s Essential Package of Health Services. The mapping analyzes the extent to which the plan(s) cover essential services.
This brief is for policymakers and program managers seeking to promote universal health coverage. It presents HFG’s findings and observations about the relationship between the services in an EPHS and the services covered in HBPs.