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Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) is working in Bangladesh since liberation war of 1971 by mainstreaming common people with a particular focus on women and children. GK recruited more women in basic primary education and health care. This has further established Nari Kendra (Women Vocational Training Centre for non traditional occupations) in 1973 to demonstrate women can work with equal opportunity like men.

During the last almost four decades, GK has increased its coverage from 50,000 people in 50 villages in 1972 to almost 1.2 million rural population with 39 Primary Health Care centres with 5 Referral hospitals two Tertiary Hospital, -covering 608 villages, 38 unions in 40 locations under17 districts across the country in 2010 making GK as one of the largest health care service providers outside the government of Bangladesh.