Bangladesh is now Asia’s fifth and the world’s eighth most populous country with an estimated population of about 147.00 million (BBS 2011). The growth rate of the population has fallen from 3% per annum at the first five year plan (1973-78) to about 1.34% p.a. in 2011 (BBS 2011). The population is expected to grow by another 40% by mid century, to 222 million, and finally stabilize around 240 million several decades after that. The rural population, currently about 73% will cease growing at around 140 million by 2025, mainly due to rural to urban migration, but the urban population will continuously grow. The urban population is currently made up of one third slums, and two-thirds non-slums, but the slums are growing at twice the rate (5% p.a.) than the overall urban growth rate (2.5% p.a.), meaning that the slums will account for a rapidly increasing proportion of urban dwellers -->> Read More
A Tale about Alima Begum in SylhetMs. Alima Begum joined as FWA in the year 1980 at the age of 28, her working area was 1/k unit of Toakul union of Gowainghat Upazila of Sylhet district, which is the most remotest part of Bangladesh and one of the lowest performing areas in the context of RH and FP activities. During 1980s poor infrastructures coupled with religious barrier made the FP activities difficult to conduct. Ms. Alima Begum started her journey as FWA with a perplexing mind. People of that locality initially did not welcome her as a service provider rather they induced her family members to quite from the job of FWA. Keeping those adversities aside Ms. Alima continued with her job. she has to walk through her working areas to reach to the clients houses. At the time of joining, population of her working area was 3445 among them 685 eligible couples were there. Of the total eligible couples only 15 were using family planning methods. She used to go outside of her home in the morning and she had to walk through her working areas to reach to the clients houses. In the beginning people did not listen to her advice but she did not gave up and continue with her mission of motivating people towards contraception and small family. After 6 years of relentless effort and hardworking she was able to increase the number of contraceptive acceptors to 101 out of 715 eligible couples. All the people of her working area used to call her by a nick name"Maya apa".( Maya was the brand name of oral contraceptive pill supplied by the FP department) After serving long 30 years with the Government she just retired in the year 2010. At the time of retirement she left 1054 eligible couples in her unit 631 of them were contraceptive users with a corresponding Contraceptive Accepting Rate (CAR) of 59.43%.