National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT)
National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) develops human resource and generates evidence for improving health, population and nutrition programmes and policies in Bangladesh.
It is an institute under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Established in 1977 as National Institute of Population Training (NIPOT), the institute started with developing human resource for the family planning programme. Next year, a research unit was added to the institute to meet the needs for relevant demographic, social and bio-medical research as well as evaluations of the activities of the institute itself. Hence, NIPORT was born.
NIPORT is the only training institute under the MOHFW that provides residential training for programme personnel. NIPORT has well-equipped training facilities from national level to the Upazila level. In addition to the facilities at NIPORT head office in Dhaka, there are 12 Family Welfare Visitors’ Training Institutes (FWVTIs) at the division or the district levels, 20 Regional Training Centres (RTCs) at the Upazila level and 31 Field Training Centres (FTCs) attached to FWVTIs.
The FWVTIs and RTCs are geographically located in such a way so that the trainees can easily reach the centres, participated the training courses and stay there comfortably. The research division of NIPORT is housed within the head office.