Bangladesh: Innovation for Universal Health Coverage – The Lancet

Published November 21, 2013

Executive summary

Bangladesh, the eighth most populous country in the world with about 153 million people, has recently been applauded as an exceptional health performer. Improvements in the survival of infants and children under 5 years of age, life expectancy, immunisation coverage, and tuberculosis control in Bangladesh are part of a remarkable success story for health in the South Asian country. This is despite low spending on health care, a weak health system, and widespread poverty. But the nation still faces considerable problems, including deep poverty and malnutrition, and this is being exacerbated by an evolving set of 21st-century challenges. The six-part Series takes a comprehensive look at one of the “great mysteries of global health”, investigating a story not only of “unusual success” but also the challenges that lie ahead as Bangladesh moves towards universal health coverage.

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Bangladesh: innovating for health

Pamela Das, Richard Horton

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Health care for poor people in the urban slums of Bangladesh

Kaosar Afsana, Syed Shabab Wahid

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What’s happening in Bangladesh?

Amartya Sen

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Bangladesh’s health revolution

Fazle Hasan Abed

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Series Papers

The Bangladesh paradox: exceptional health achievement despite economic poverty

A Mushtaque R Chowdhury, Abbas Bhuiya, Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Sabrina Rasheed, Zakir Hussain, Lincoln C Chen

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Harnessing pluralism for better health in Bangladesh

Syed Masud Ahmed, Timothy G Evans, Hilary Standing, Simeen Mahmud

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Community-based approaches and partnerships: innovations in health-service delivery in Bangladesh

Shams El Arifeen, Aliki Christou, Laura Reichenbach, Ferdous Arfina Osman, Kishwar Azad, Khaled Shamsul Islam, Faruque Ahmed, Henry B Perry, David H Peters

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Explaining equity gains in child survival in Bangladesh: scale, speed, and selectivity in health and development

Alayne M Adams, Atonu Rabbani, Shamim Ahmed, Shehrin Shaila Mahmood, Ahmed Al-Sabir, Sabina F Rashid, Timothy G Evans

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Reducing the health effect of natural hazards in Bangladesh

Richard A Cash, Shantana R Halder, Mushtuq Husain, Md Sirajul Islam, Fuad H Mallick, Maria A May, Mahmudur Rahman, M Aminur Rahman

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Innovation for universal health coverage in Bangladesh: a call to action

Alayne M Adams, Tanvir Ahmed, Shams El Arifeen, Timothy G Evans, Tanvir Huda, Laura Reichenbach

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