Bangladesh Government: September'2012

 Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):

A workshop titled “National Needs Assessment of RMNH workforce” was organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with UNFPA and Research Training and Management (RTM) international on 1st September 2012 at CIRDAP Auditorium, with aiming to share the findings on reproductive, maternal and newborn health workforce in Bangladesh and figured out the options, strategies and technical details required for projection of reproductive, maternal and newborn healthcare and the population's healthcare needs in the short-to-medium term in Bangladesh. Training for midwives to make them competent in providing maternity and reproductive healthcare to women highlighted as one of the most important recommendation from the experts. Moreover, findings obtained from this study will also be presented on international meeting in New York in September and at FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in October 2012 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). Number of skilled health workers by training an additional 3,000 midwives, staffing 427 sub-district health centres to provide round-the-clock midwifery services and upgrading 59 district hospitals and 70 “Mother and Child Welfare Centres” were the major commitments from the Ministry to be given more attention and also requested Development Partners to support government for achieving targets. Senior Secretary Moham-mad Humayun Kabir, Joint Secretary Ashadul Islam, UNFPA Representative Arther Erken and RTM Interna-tional President Ahmed-al-Kabir attended in this workshop.

Bangladesh Signed an MOU with the World Bank Very recently. World Bank allocating a pool grant $ 7 billion into Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP) on 12th September at the ERD auditorium, where Arastoo Khan, Additional Secretary at the Economic Rela-tions Division (ERD) and Ellen Goldstein, the World Bank's Country Director and Honorable Minister; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Dr. Prof. AFM Ruhal Haque took part.

Weekly Meeting of the Cabinet

This 10th September, Cabinet Meeting was held at Bangladesh Secretariat between Honorable Prime Minister and Central Monitoring Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Net Programmes to reduce the poverty rate to 25 per cent by 2013 and 15 per cent by 2021 from the existing 31.5 per cent. Formulating an integrated social safety net strategy under the supervision of the Monitoring Committee, updating the lists of beneficiaries and formulating overall database of the programmes, evaluation of the programmes after a certain interval, expansion and effective implementation of school feeding and national nutrition programmes and enhancing the capacity of the executing ministries and divisions were discussed in this meeting. Cabinet members, Advisers to the PM and State Ministers and secretaries attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Honorable Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina, People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

 Round Table Meeting on National Tuberculosis Control Programme: Achievement and Responsibilities:

A Round Table Meeting on “National Tuberculosis Control Programme: Achievement and Responsibilities” was organized by Directorate General of Health Services in partnership with The Daily Ittefaq and BRAC on 16 September 2012 at BRAC Inn Centre. Tuberculosis clinics should be more functional to control the spread of the disease, emphasis have to give on multi sectoral plans, diagnosis  should available in every upazila health centre and  poverty alleviation is also important as the disease mainly affects the poor had been identified as major recommendations needs to get more attention. Honorable Health Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Prof. AFM Ruhal Haque, Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed, Head of Child Health and Nutrition Unit, ICDDR, B, Kaosar Afsana, from BRAC attended in this meeting.

The Premier Show and Inauguration of a Drama Serial Name “Sonali Alo”

Recently Health Education Bureaue under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) inaugurated a Premier Show and a Drama Serial name “Sonali Alo” on 19th September at Winter Garden, Ruposhi  Bangla Hotel.  This Drama Serial comprised of 26 episodes consisting maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition related issues.  This inauguration Ceremony was chaired by Prof. Dr. Khondhaker Md. Shefyettullah, DG, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Prof.  AFM Ruhal Haque graced this occasion as Chief Guest.


Workshop on 'Importance of Breast Feeding and Home-made Foodstuffs for Meeting Child Nutrition and Growth':

Workshop on 'Importance of Breast Feeding and Home-made Foodstuffs for Meeting Child Nutrition and Growth' was carried out on 13th September 2012 in Dinajpur Town at the Conference Room of Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner office’s in partnership with Director General of Health Services(DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and BRAC with aiming to give emphasize on creating awareness and providing knowledge among common people and mothers for proper breastfeeding and nutritious Home-made Complementary Foods as study suggested that consuming vegetables and breastfeeding can reduce neo-natal, maternal, baby and child mortalities. Deputy Commissioner of Dinajpur Mr. Jamal Uddin Ahmed, Civil Surgeon Dr Moudud Hosain Rabu, Addi-tional Deputy Commissioner (Gen) Azizul Islam, Deputy Director of the Family Planning Department, Dr Didarul Alam and Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Nurul Huda and BRAC representative attended in this meeting.

Other Meetings of MoHFW

Launching   of MR & Measles 2nd  dose in EPI was held on 26th  September 2012 at Dhaka Sishu Hospital Auditorium, LAPM  Private Sector Initiative Technical meeting (DGFP) was held on 19 September 2012 and Meeting on Community Clinic was held on 20 September 2012 at Secretariats Conference room to discuss progress and figure out ways to move and extended nutrition initiatives in other community clinics.

The Government and the ADB signed an agreement on 26 September 2012 at the Economic Rela-tions Division (ERD) conference room.According to the agreement, Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $ 50 million to Bangladesh as loan to help improve urban primary healthcare and nutrition in 16 city corporations and municipalities of the country. ERD senior secretary Iqbal Mahmood and ADB country director M Teresa Kho signed the deal for both sides.The project will be implemented in Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Dhaka North, Dhaka South, Khulna, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet city corporations, while the municipalities are Gazipur, Gopalganj, Kishoreganj, Kushtia, Sirajganj and Tongi from July 2012 to June 2017. The project will also help the government to make greater use of information technology to improve service, training, and management. The assistance will help to build 12 comprehensive reproductive healthcare centers and 26 primary healthcare centers near slums and other densely populated areas of Bangladesh.  At least 30 percent of all services, including medicines, will be given free to the poor, Mostly women are targeted for the free services.

Ministry of Agriculture

Bangladesh and Bhutan Signed a MoU on Agricultural Cooperation

A MOU on Agricultural Cooperation was signed between Bangladesh and Bhutan on 12th  September 2012. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Bhutanese Agriculture and Forest Minister Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho signed the MoU at Bangladesh Secretariat with aiming to promote technology transfer as well as technical cooperation in the field of agriculture between Bangladesh and Bhutan. Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and the Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB) will implement the MoU.

Ministry of Education

Declaration of Six (6) months Maternity Leave in Private Education Institutions:

Education Minister Nurul  Islam Nahid declared six months maternity leave for teachers at private educational institutions which will be effective from 23rd Sep’2012. He said that Teachers of government educational institutions were enjoying the leave but it was not defined for those working for private institutions. He also expressed that this extension may help mothers to continue exclusive breastfeeding to their child for better nutrition of their children.

Institute of Public Health and Nutrition (IPHN)

Finalization of Manual on Infant Young Child Feeding for Field Staffs:

A three days workshop was carried out for finalization of Manual on Infant Young Child Feeding for Field Staff from 9th September to 11th September 2012 at Conference Room, IPHN.  This field staffs guideline mainly developed by following their existing manual which had been developed for national level Training of Trainers (TOT). This Field level Training Manual on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices mainly modified in active participation from experts working in Plan Bangladesh, FANTA-III, save the children.

Meeting for developing Training Module of Severe Acute Malnutrition Children

An expert consultation meeting to translate the English Training manual for treating and Managing Severe Acute Malnourished children both in centre and community was held on 4th September to 6th September 2012 at IPHN Conference Room. The experts mainly sited as 3rd time to carry the activities first that this manual can be used as early as by the field level staffs.

Workshop on integrating nutrition Indicators into Routine HMIS

Two days extensive national workshop on Integrating Nutrition Indicators into routine Health Management Information System (HMIS) was organized by IPHN on September 10th and 11th 2012 at Lake Shore hotel, Gulshan with aiming to validate and finalize the nutrition indicators shortlisted includes  promotion of optimal IYCF practices, increased intake of vitamins and minerals, increased consumption of nutrient –rich foods, Management of acute malnutrition, Growth monitoring and nutritional status to be included into Directorate General of Health’s routinely collected MIS system  .

The nutrition indicators would reflect the coverage and performance of essential nutrition intervention, process and its outcomes. Participants from Micronutrient Initiatives (MI), Helen Keller International (HKI), Spring Project, Save the Children, Brac University, World Food Program, National Nutrition Services, MIS system of DGHS, City Corporation, Plan Bangladesh, Eminence, ICDDR’B, FAO,  CARE Bangladesh attended in this workshop and finalize the indicators by dividing five different groups.

Other Meetings of IPHN

A Meeting on Food Safety Project of FAO, meeting with World Food Program and Vitamin A plus Campaign was held on 12th September and 13th Sep’ respectively at IPHN Conference Room.

Ministry of Food and Disaster Management

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Training Course

An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Training Course was held in Bangladesh at Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU), from 1-4th September, 2012.

The Objective of the training was to build the capacity of the IPC Analyst and Technical Working Group (TWG) members, so that they can analyze food security situation and can prepare country specific food security analysis map. The training focused on the IPC analytical framework and protocols. The integrated classification consolidates indicators on 9 inter-linked aspects, namely: Food consumption (quality and nutritional value); Livelihood change (assets and strategies); Nutritional status; Mortality and death rate; Food Avail-ability; Food Access; Food Utilization; Food Stability; and, Hazards & Vulnerability.

30 participants from Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Ministry of Livestock & Fisheries (MoFL), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), Disaster Management Bureau (DMB), Food Planning & Monitoring Unit (FPMU) under Ministry of Food & Disaster Management from Government agencies, FAO, WFP, UNICEF and OCHA from UN agencies and OXFAM, CARE, ACF, HKI and Save the Children International (SCI) from International NGOs participated the training program. Ms. Rosanne Marchesich, FAO Operation Coordinator, Mr. Naser Farid, DG, FPMU formally inaugurated the training session Mr. Siddharth Krishnaswamy, Regional Technical Adviser, IPC in Asia facilitated this training.

Employment Generation Programme for the Poorest (EGPP)

An experts dialogue meeting on “Employment Generation Programme for the Poorest (EGPP)” was held on 24th September 2012, highlighted the urgency for integrating nutrition with the social safety network. The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the World Bank jointly organized the dialogue to evaluate the performance of the EGPP and also a number of third party evaluations carried out in assessing the programme’s performance.

The programme moderated by Dr. M. Aslam Alam, secretary of the ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. Other participants were Dr. Pablo Gottret, sector manager South Asian Social Protection, and Dr. Akhtar Ahmed, former adviser of the caretaker government Dr. Zillur Rahman and DU teacher Ummul H. Ruthbah. The World Bank has also provided a complementary grant fund for the Project to explore the use of ICT systems in improving the monitoring of worker attendance as well as in delivery of wages, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Post Office.