The alarming situation due to the high rate of maternal mortality caused by unwanted pregnancies and septic abortion coupled with inadequate reproductive health care services to address them ultimately led a group of reputed medical practitioners and social workers to establish the Bangladesh Association for Prevention of Septic Abortion (BAPSA) in early 1982, under the leadership of a person no less than late Prof. Syeda Firoza Begum, a renowned Bangladeshi Gynaecologist of national and international repute. Essentially, non-governmental in nature, BAPSA is a non-political, non-profit and private social welfare organization, and its membership includes reputed persons from all over the country.