Bangladesh Government Activities- December, 2013


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


Pneumonia vaccination to be launched next year

Next year Bangladesh will start on “Pneumonia” vaccination for the children in sequence to decrease the country’s high child country’s high child mortality rate. On December 19, Health and Family Welfare Secretary MM. Niazuddin informed that the government will introduce a new type of vaccine called Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), used to protect infants and children against disease caused by bacteria-pneumococcus, from the next year under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) because every year nearly 17 percent children die in pneumonia. The top health official told the journalists that the government has decided to observe 21st National Immunization Day (NID) on December 21 this year to maintain the country’s polio free status. On that day, about 22.2 million children aged 0-59 months will be immunized by providing two drops of oral polio vaccine (OPV). Sixty thousand health and family welfare workers along with 6 lakh volunteers would be engaged in 1.30 lakh vaccination sites across the country for providing the vaccination to the targeted children. The government, with the support of UNICEF, WHP, Rotary International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mounted a model response to immunize all under-five children across the country. Director General Health Services Prof Dr Khondhaker Md Shefyetullah, Director General of Family Planning AKM Amir Hossain, officials from ministry, officials from department of Health and Family Planning, representatives of WHO, UNICEF and other international and national development partners, among others, were also present.

Reference: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha


National Workshop of Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health

A workshop titled ‘National Workshop of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health (COIA)’ was organized by Management Information System (MIS), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in collaboration with WHO at the MIS auditorium of MIS, DGHS at Mohakhali in the city. M.M Neazuddin, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were Present as chief guest while the event was presided over by A K M Saiful Islam Chowdhury, Project Director (Additional Secretary), Birth and Death Registration Project, MoLGRD. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, ADG (Planning and Development) and Director, MIS, DGHS delivered the welcome speech and presented an overview of the workshop to the participants and invited guests at the workshop. The chief guest M.M. Neazuddin emphasized on the mutual relationship of the government and non-government organizations and working together on all issues.The purpose of the workshop includes determining institutional arrangements for national reporting, oversight and accountability on women's and children's health, identifying ways to improve monitoring of progress towards women and children's health and actions to overcome major challenges to accountability at the country level, including strengthening of country capacity and addressing major data gaps, such as the monitoring of vital events. The participants from different national and international organizations such as WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Bank, JICA, DFID, CIDA, SIDA, Plan International, icddrb, BRAC, Ministry of Planning (BBS), MoLGRD, MoHFW (DGHS, DGFP, PMMU, HEU,RCHCIB), Election Commission Secretariat and many more joined the workshop and contributed their valuable remarks and opinion to improve the strategic action plan for CRVS in Bangladesh. Among others, the workshop was also attended by Dr. Tofayel Azad, Team leader and Dr. M.I. Bulbul Islam, Deputy Team Leader, COIA, MIS, DGHS.

Reference: The Independent


Ministry of Information


Inu for taking special care for mothers to build healthy nation

On December 30, the National Safe Motherhood Day was celebrated. This day led by the Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu . 1,000 rural women were enlightened on maternal healthcare key points and their rights as citizen as the Information Ministry ran huge campaign in Mirpur and Veramara upazila in Kushtia. We need to take special care of mothers to grow up as a healthy nation, he said while speaking as the chief guest at ‘Communication for the Development of Children and Mother’ campaign organized at Mirpur Upazila sadar on Tuesday morning where about 600 women with equal number of male participants attended .The Minister explained in simple words how the local fruits and easily available vegetables could be the best source of nutrition. He also told the populous gathering how to avoid health hazards of women by obtaining timely advice from registered doctors and take the service of at least a trained nurse or health worker at the time of childbirth. Inu emphasized on special nutrition and vaccination for women at the time of pregnancy and post-delivery period. Later in the afternoon, at the external program of Bangladesh Bater titled ‘Communication for the Development of Children and Mother’, the Minister urged the gathering of about 2,000 people including 500 women to abandon below 18 years girls’ marriage and maintain the child-birth preferably between 20-35 years of age to ensure safe motherhood. On the occasion S M Haroon or Rashid, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Information and members of district administration and health department were present.

 Reference: The Bangladesh Today