The goal of the Marketing Innovations for Health (MIH) Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is to “Contribute to sustained improvements of the health status of women and children in Bangladesh by increasing access to and demand for essential health products and services through the private sector.” The Social Marketing Company (SMC) leads this initiative in partnership with EngenderHealth, BRAC, Concerned Women for Family Development, the Population Services and Training Center, and Shimantik, with technical assistance provided by Population Services International (PSI). The project began in July 2012 and will end in July 2016. Project funding includes $15.0 million in federal cash funds, provision of contraceptive commodities expected to generate $2.2 million for program use, and $112.3 million in cost share. This project builds on the long relationship between USAID, SMC and PSI to develop social marketing in Bangladesh, heralded as “one of USAID’s greatest success stories of sustainability and sustainable development,” and previous USAID-funded work to improve private sector health care, particularly among non-formal practitioners providing primary health care services.
From September 28 to November 2, 2015, USAID commissioned a team of evaluators contracted by the Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project to conduct a midterm review guided by three study questions:
1. How effective is the MIH Project in meeting the goal, objectives of each component, and targets?
2. Should USAID move into new program areas, and if so, what are these areas?
3. How could USAID invest in the delivery of critical public health services and measures in the future?