UTTARAN aims to improve socio-economic and health outcomes of vulnerable populations through improved livelihoods, increased access to primary and secondary healthcare facilities and health financing.
In response to the current socio-economic situation of Bangladesh, SAJIDA Foundation is implementing the “UTTARAN” programme to address complex challenges, covering a range of services within an integrated, holistic framework. Currently, this programme is being implemented in 26 sub-districts with approximately 11,832 extreme poor households in six districts - Chandpur, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Pabna, Shariatpur and Sirajganj. The programme is working with two core interventions: livelihood and health. The livelihood stream will provide microbusiness support, in the form of, grants, service charge-free loans, and enterprise development training. In addition, eligible households will be linked to government social safety nets and brought under a matched-savings scheme. The health stream has been implementing five services; health profiling and tracking, community awareness, static clinic approach, telemedicine services and health financing.
The uniqueness of UTTARAN
- Promoting women's empowerment in the marginalised communities.
- Following an integrated approach by undertaking livelihood interventions, financial inclusion and door-to-door essential healthcare services.
- Establishing a strong referral linkage through mobile health technology at hard-to-reach areas for the ultra-poor.
- Following a unique Microfinance programme.
- Prioritising primary healthcare, communicable and non-communicable diseases, emerging health issues, including healthcare financing.
- Our evidence-based, and research-driven model aids our decisions in making UTTARAN sustainable and effective.
Ensuring access to good healthcare practice and support leads to higher productivity and increased household income. It is essential that marginalised and impoverished communities living below the national poverty line have access to an integrated set of financial and health services.
UTTARAN aims to transform the socio-economic status of extreme and moderately poor urban and peri-urban families through community mobilisation. Moreover, it seeks to equip households with livelihood and health assistance, enabling income security and better health.
Female Led Households