History

Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) is the Members Association (MA) of International Planned parenthood Federation (IPPF). Along with its MAs in 170 countries, IPPF is a global leader in promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights across the world.

Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) is a Members Association (MA) of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Along with its MAs in 170 countries, IPPF is a global leader in promoting sexual and reproductive health rights across the world. FPAB was established in the early 1950s under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Humayra Sayed – a renowned social worker – at the helm. Its objectives were simple; (1) to promote and familiarize the concept of planned family to ensure healthy life for mother and children by providing necessary information and services, and (2) to advocate with national government and people’s representatives to adopt a policy at national level health and population. In 1953, it was incorporated with worldwide movement of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and since then, continues to serve as its chapter in Bangladesh. Since its early days, FPAB built a strong partnership with the government, a modus operandi that continues till today.

During its long existence since its foundation, FPAB has an illustrious record of achievements. Its advocacy saw the initiative by the then Government of Pakistan to adopt a bill in 1957/58 in the parliament in favor of family planning. Following the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, FPAB continued with its activities on family planning, delivery of services of reproductive health, awareness rising on SRH and advocacy on further mobilization and policy reform by the government. Since 1990s, FPAB has aligned its program in line with ICPD and started working extensively with religious leaders, adolescents and young married couple, in close collaboration with the IPPF, Government of Bangladesh and a broad range of other stakeholders which include donors, media, civil society and grassroots communities.

With the technical support of IPPF, FPAB elaborated in its first Strategic Plan for the period of 1994-2002. Upon its completion, two more such plans were adopted and implemented for the period; 2000-2004 and 2005-2009. The subsequent plan just came to end for the period of 2011-2015.