Mustari Khan, co-founder of the USAID-funded NGO - Concerned Women for Development (CWFD) - was honoured at Time Magazine's Global Health Summit, held last month in New York city.
She was one of 10 global health heroes recognised for pioneering innovative methods to improve the health of the poor throughout the world.
She joined a list of speakers that included Microsoft founder Bill Gates, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US President Bill Clinton.
Realising the burden of a large family size as key factor in fighting poverty, she and her associate volunteers began working together on a regular basis to educate women about family planning.
With USAID assistance, CWFD now provides quality family planning and health services to more than 1.0 million people in Dhaka.
Mustari Khan has wide experience of working in local slums, convincing women to use family planning methods and counseling mother-in-laws and husbands and advising them on family planning options and the advantages of small families.