Peoples Development Community (PDC)
Peoples Development Community (PDC) is a non-government organization in Bangladesh. The organization established in 1997 with a view to contribute development activities in the country. It works among poorest, marginalized and different vulnerable communities. The organization believes people empowerment and participation in the development activity. It's move forward to promote human rights especially for poorest and marginalized people.
Currently PDC is working on the projects like Primary and Mass Education, Skill building training, HIV and AIDS Prevention and Care services, Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) and also running Clinics that include essential services for Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services.
Mission and Vision
Peoples Development Community (PDC) will contribute to reduce the violation of human rights to poor specifically women and marginalized groups of the community through advocacy, community mobilization and community empowerment.
Peoples Development Community (PDC) thrives for Bangladesh where all sector contribute to uphold human rights and the people, specifically women of all level living with dignity, justice and social rights.
Challenges and Opportunities in Bangladesh
Poverty and inequality
Overall poverty levels fell from 57 percent in 1991–92 to 25.6 percent in 2014. The rate of reduction has been faster in the present decade compared with the last decade, lifting out of poverty more than 2.8 million people a year. Bangladesh is, however, still among the poorest countries in the world, ranking 142 out of 187 on the 2014 United Nations Human Development Index. Inequality is growing and many people are not benefiting from social and economic development. About 25 percent (40 million people) are extremely poor and spend almost all of their income on food and still do not meet their minimum nutritional requirements. Women, children and in particularly female headed households and children living without parental care are especially vulnerable. Around 40 percent of children and 30 percent of women are malnourished. Poverty is monitored by, among others, UNDP, e.g. in connection with the reporting on the Millennium Development Goals.
The country has been recognized globally for its progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in the areas of gender equality in education, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and significantly reducing infant and child mortality rates. However, maternal and neonatal mortality rates remain unacceptably high. Although gender indicators are improving, many women still face extreme social and economic disadvantages. Violence against women and girls is common, affecting one out of every two women. Bangladesh also has one of the highest rates of child marriages and adolescent motherhoods in the world.
More Bangladeshi Mothers Get Vital Care during Childbirth
Efforts are under way to make childbirth safer in Bangladesh, by training midwives, upgrading facilities and providing lifesaving care closer to where women live. Empowering women to use the services is another challenge.
Three out of four women still deliver at home
Hospital deliveries are increasing and childbirth in Bangladesh has become safer in the past 20 years, but there is a long way to go. The United Nations estimates that every year some 12,000 die from avoidable causes related to pregnancy and delivery. Three out of four women still deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant.
PDC presently implementing HIV and AIDS Prevention Services Projects with the support of World Bank and GFATM through National AIDS/STD Programme (NASP) and Save the Children International in different areas of Bangladesh.
PDC also running a clinic in Jessore through which provide the essential services for Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services in Jessore Municipality area with the support of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Apart from that PDC also implementing “Link Up: Better Sexual and Reproductive Health &Rights (SRHR) for Young People Affected by HIV” among Hotel, Street & Residence based Female Sex Worker in Khulna Division with the support Dutch Foreign Ministry – BUZA through HASAB.