Availability of Major Non-Communicable Diseases (Hypertension &; Diabetes Mellitus) Services at Primary Health Care level in North-East Bangladesh

Published: 30 December 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/34kdxz5ztr.1
Mahmud Hasan


this data set contains the variables related to assessing the facility regarding their readiness to provide NCD service and this is adopted from WHO SARA tool and the variable i.e. basic amenities, supply of medicine, general service index etc.


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A semi-structured, interviewer-administered English questionnaire with the references adopted from the WHO Manual of Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) version 2.2 was prepared in alignment with the WHO HEARTS technical package, and used as the facility assessment tool. Given the challenging environment, both on- and offline versions of the tool were developed. As per SARA, General service readiness is described by five domains of indicators, but ‘Standard precautions for infection prevention’ domain was excluded for not availability of domain indicators and following four domains were used for this data analysis and the pragmatic indicators were basic amenities, basic equipment, diagnostic capacity and essential medicines. Frequency and percentage were calculated as available in upazilas for every indicator of each domain. The score for each of the four domains was calculated as the proportion of total items in each domain that were available at the facilities. For example, the basic amenities score is n / 7 × 100, where n is the total number of items available at the facility of the 7 items included in the basic amenities domain. The general service readiness index is the mean score of the four domains.” The tools were pre-tested at a PHC centre which was not included in the final sample, to ensure they captured the correct range of services according to the national guidelines and were understandable by the respondents.


Assessment, Facility Service