The ready-made garment (RMG) industry is Bangladesh's greatest contributor to GDP growth and has played a significant role in the country's improved performance against world development indicators. However, the RMG industry has grown rapidly in Bangladesh within a context of limited social or physical infrastructure to support it.
Within this context, we see enormous potential to better leverage factory-based nurses and on-site clinics to bridge some of these gaps and efficiently link RMG sector workers, especially women, to the health products and services that they need.
With the support of UKaid, BSR conducted a gap assessment of onsite healthcare services and facilities in 10 RMG factories in Bangladesh from June to July 2014, including human capacity, operational management, and company policy. The study finds five main gaps in the healthcare systems available at these factories, and offers ways forward to address the issues.