9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights

The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights or APCRSHR is a biennial gathering of civil society, young people, academia, government, media, private sector, and development partners from the region concerned about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). 

Satellite Session—Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health through Workplace Interventions in South and Southeast Asia

Tuesday, 28 November
12:00–1:30 pm

Organized by the Cambodia WorkerHealth Project (co-led by the Population Council and Marie Stopes International Cambodia and funded by USAID)

This satellite session will highlight efforts to improve access to sexual and reproductive health and rights knowledge and services for women in the South and Southeast Asia region through workplace interventions, particularly for women working in female dominated garment sectors in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Presentations on unique intervention models as well as research and policy efforts in the garment sectors in these countries will highlight synergies and potential for cross-country learning and collaboration. An expert panel including donors, program implementers and researchers will discuss the way forward on enhancing effectiveness and sustainability of efforts and implementation at scale to reach millions of women employed in these productive sectors in the region.


  • Ashish Bajracharya—Country Representative, Cambodia, Population Council
  • Amy Williamson—Country Director, Marie Stopes International Cambodia
  • Heng Molyaneth—Program Officer, Population Council, Cambodia
  • Mao Lan—Head of Project (SIFPO2) Marie Stopes International Cambodia
  • Bunmey Yat—Senior Policy Manager, Population Council, Cambodia
  • Nguyen Huu Thang—Research Manager, Marie Stopes International Vietnam
  • Md. Irfan Hossain—Program Officer, Population Council, Bangladesh
  • Sochea Sam—Program Specialist, USAID Cambodia (TBC)

Please also join the Population Council at the sessions listed below or visit our booth (no. 22) in the Exhibition Hall.

27-30 November 2017



Population Council Speakers

Oral Sessions

Ashish Bajracharya Associate & Cambodia Country Representative

  • "Demographic changes of Nepal: Trends and policy implications"
  • "Examining the remarkable improvements in method information index scores in Cambodia: Did social health protection interventions improve quality of family planning services?"
Poster Session

Eashita Haque

  • "Does empowerment through skills make communities safer for girls? Evidence from a cluster randomized trial in Bangladesh"
Oral and Poster Sessions

Forhana Rahman Noor

  • "Pregnancy termination in Bangladesh: Results from urban and rural areas" (oral)
  • "Postpartum contraceptive use and pregnancy risk: Experience from rural areas of Bangladesh" (poster)
  • "Improving access to 24/7 normal delivery services through strengthened community-level health facilities in rural Bangladesh: Evidence from operations research" (poster)
Poster Session

Iqbal Ehsan

  • "Understanding the SRH needs of unmarried adolescent girls in rural areas: A qualitative study of Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) at government health facilities"
Oral Sessions

Jyotirmoy Saha

  • "Impact of adolescent’s skills building programs on child marriage in Bangladesh: A randomized controlled trial"
  • "Exploring the impact of BALIKA programs on adolescent reproductive health knowledge and behavior among girls in rural Bangladesh"
Oral Session

K.G. Santhya Senior Associate

  • "10 things you should know about adolescents and young adults in India"
Poster Session

Md. Irfan Hossain

  • "Impact of peer health educator model to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) status among female factory workers in Bangladesh"

Molyaneth Heng

  • "Health needs, health seeking pathways, and drivers of health seeking behaviors of female garment factory workers in Cambodia: A focus on reproductive health and family planning"
Poster Session

Nargis Sultana

  • "Health seeking behavior of brothel based sex workers"
Oral Session

Sigma Ainul

  • "Adolescent friendly health corners: A new initiative of Government of Bangladesh to overcome social and cultural barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health services for unmarried"
Oral Session

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

  • "What’s next for Viet Nam’s family planning strategy: A 'socialized' model"
Oral and Poster Sessions

Ubaidur Rob Senior Associate & Bangladesh Country Director

  • "Healthcare financing in Bangladesh: Reaching universal health coverage by 2030" (oral)
  • "Health systems and maternal morbidities: Ensuring universal access to emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh" (poster)