The Unite for Body Rights (UBR) program is an alliance known by the name “UBR Bangladesh Alliance” started its 4 years 2nd Phase from January, 2016. The three main pillars of UBR are: 1. Strengthening comprehensive sexuality education (CSE); 2. Youth Friendly SRHR Services (YFS) and 3. Creating an enabling environment in which each individual can exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
During this phase UBR project is being implemented in 12 Upazilas (Sub-District) namely:
Barhatta, Netrokona, Durgapur, Modhyanagar, Gazipur, Chittagong, Pabna, Noakhali, Rajasthali, Kawkhali, Savar and MymensinghSadar.
UBR Phase 2 is operating through:
- A Coordinating body - UBR Bangladesh Alliance Secretariat.
- Six Implementing partners: Association for Prevention of Septic Abortion, Bangladesh (BAPSA); Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS); Dushta Shasthya Kendra (DSK); Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) and Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP).
- Five technical partners include: Bondhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS); BRAC Institute of Educational Development; Naripokkho; Simavi and Rutgers.
BAPSA is implementing the UBR project in MymensinghSadarUpazila of Mymensingh district.
The overall goal of UBR project is, “All young people, living in poor rural and (semi) urban areas in 12 Upazillas, irrespective of their age, gender, social background or sexual preference know their rights, take informed decisions about their sexual reproductive health and have access to high quality, youth friendly sexual reproductive health services within a supportive socio-cultural and political environment”.
Dimension and areas of operation of UBR 2:
UBR-2 believes that access to quality information and services will lead to good sexual and reproductive health of young people, which will lead to healthier communities. The Unite for Body Rights (UBR) program in Bangladesh focuses on improving SRHR knowledge and access to services, by providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education, improving health providers’ capacity to provide Youth Friendly SRHR services, and working with communities to create a more supportive environment in which young people can attain their SRH rights. In addition, The project will ensure a fully capacitated SRHR Alliance, which works towards achieving good sexual reproductive health for young people and exists without the need for external support through-
Outcome 1: Young people (10 – 19 year) living in rural and (semi) urban areas in 12 upazilas are increasingly aware of their SRH rights and have knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding their sexual reproductive health.
Outcome 2: Young people (10 – 24) living in poor rural and (semi)urban areas in 12 Upazilas have access to SRHR services that adhere to the national standards.
Outcome 3: An increasingly SRHR friendly supportive enabling environment ensures sustainability of access to YFS and CSE in 12 Upazilas.
Outcome 4: Contribute to the development of (national) governmental policies and programs that include youth-friendly SRH education and services.
The Unite for Body Rights program (UBR-2) is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).