Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) started at 1953 with the objective to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged section of the society. Since then it has been working towards promoting basic human rights for all. As an affiliated member of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), FPAB is the oldest and largest family planning non-government organization in Bangladesh.
The founding president of the association was renowned Dr. Humaira Sayeed, following by prominent personalities like late Alamgir M. A. Kabir, late Professor Dr. Md. Ibrahim, late Dr. (Captain) Abul Kashem, late Dr. Syed A K M Hafizur Rahman, M Shamsul Islam, Shaheed Md. Maizuddin, Kazi Anisur Rahman and so others.
The organization has pioneered family planning movement in the country. It advocates family planning as a basic human right and motivates people towards the concept of small family. FPAB played an important role in formulating national family planning programme introduced by the then government of Pakistan in 1965. With the span of more than 57 years of its emergence, FPAB has made a significant achievement in creating awareness among the eligible couples about family planning and annually contributes 7% of the total national family planning performance. In conformity with the al and national needs, FPAB shifted its thrust from lone family planning interventions to the holistic approach of reproductive health in mid 90s of the last century. Instead of targeting fertile couples, interventions of FPAB now involve men and women of all ages with special focus on the disadvantaged segment of the population. Beneficiaries of FPAB have now exceeded ten million people.
FPAB works to improve the life of the individual in a right based way and works in five priority areas: Adolescent, HIV/AIDS, Abortion, Access & Advocacy. In compliance with the changed al and national needs, FPAB developed its five year strategic plan for 2011-2015, with focus on these thematic areas. At present FPAB has its service network from 32 districts out of 64 districts of Bangladesh. Sexual and Reproductive Health services are priority interventions and has been providing from 21 comprehensive clinics, 11 special work unit clinics and 3 Unit clinics. 1420 Reproductive Health promoters (RHPs) are working at the community to provide doorstep services. Fifty-five outreach satellite sessions are operating from clinics to reach out the poor, underserved and marginalized people of rural areas of Bangladesh at project locations of FPAB.