Health Financing in Bangladesh: Why Changes in Public Financial Management Rules Will Be Important

Resource Type: Journal Publication
Authors:  Md. Ashadul Islam, Shamima Akhter & Mursaleena Islam
Published: February 21, 2018

Resource Description: Bangladesh has achieved remarkable improvement in health indicators since its independence in 1971, despite poor economic conditions. It achieved Millennium Development Goal 4 on child mortality and progressed substantially toward Goal 5 on maternal mortality, even with health system bottlenecks such as weak governance, insufficient health financing, and limited capacity to address local need. In a country with a history of adopting low-cost strategies with high health impact, focusing on primary health care—even with limited resources—was the single most important factor in these achievements.

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