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The Problem

The Government of Bangladesh is committed to achieving universal health coverage by 2030. The country’s rapid urbanization poses a key challenge to getting there, however. Urbanization has put major pressure on health services and facilities, making it difficult to ensure equitable access to quality health care for the fast-growing population—particularly the urban poor. As a consequence, cities are experiencing large inequalities in health-related conditions. On top of this, Bangladesh needs to overcome several health financing challenges, which affect both urban and rural areas.

What We’re Doing

LHSS is working with the Government of Bangladesh to strengthen urban health, public financial management, health financing, and regulatory functions within the government. Efforts include building capacity, identifying and leveraging domestic resources for health programs, and providing technical assistance to establish a National Health Security Office to manage insurance platforms. To improve access to affordable, quality health care, especially for the urban poor, LHSS is collaborating with government partners to:

  • Improve governance and financial management for health service delivery
  • Test models for financial protection and service delivery and bring them to scale
  • Increase private sector investment for health

Who This Helps

Our work, while benefiting the entire population of Bangladesh, will particularly help the urban population and over 20 million people in poor slum settlements who do not have easy and affordable access to health care facilities.