CHTDF Health Initiative, Perspectives from the Field

Client: United Nations Development Programme, Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility
Faculty: Paul Smoke, John Gershman
Team: Rania Ashraf, Magalita René, Jocelyn Scherr
Year: 2012
Tn 2008, the United Nations Development Program Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (UNDP-CHTDF) created a community-based health service program in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), a rural post-conflict area in southeast Bangladesh. The program is slated to lose funding in the next six months, making it imperative for UNDP-CHTDF staff and local Hill District Council leadership to know the status and consider the future of basic health care provision in the CHT. The Capstone team took initial steps to document the level and quality of health care provided to those living in the CHT. The team also identified the strengths and weaknesses of the UNDP community-based health program and the government health facilities. The work included a thorough program assessment that included conducting one-on-one interviews and focus group meetings with key stakeholders. The team prepared a report and presentation on their findings for the client.