I am embarking on a trip to Bangladesh to evaluate a Maternal Newborn Child Health project performed in a rural district of Bangladesh. This is a 5-year innovation project funded by the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program. The goal of the project is to reduce mortality and improve health status among the most marginalized mothers and newborns in two sub-districts of Netrakona: Kendua and Durgapur. The Strategic Objective of the project is improved household and community MNCH-related behaviors and increased utilization of quality services.
The evaluation has all the challenges often associated with many evaluations: complex interventions and study designs performed in difficult to reach locations. There are no direct flights from the US to Dhaka so I opted for an overnight layover in New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi International airport offers several options for layovers; I chose the hotel in the international terminal, which allowed me to do an overnight without having to go through Indian immigration. An added bonus is that the gate for early morning departure to Dhaka was a short walk from the hotel entrance. I arrived in Dhaka relatively well rested.