Bangladesh Government Activities- March, 2015

Focus on related issues to tackle malnutrition

 On 19th March 2015, National Nutrition Services (NNS) under Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) organized the event to increase awareness among all sections of people by using IT. Health secretary Syed Monjurul Islam was present as the chief guest, while additional secretary Roksana Quader chaired the programme. Speakers at the programme said that the country needs to focus on some related issues to address the problem of malnutrition like - food security, women's education and empowerment, hygiene practice and sanitation, and expansion of social safety-net, along with nutritional activities. They also mentioned nutrition-related education is important for ensuring nutrition, as it is not only related to health only but also with lifestyle, food habit and awareness. These observations came at the launching ceremony of nutrition-related Mobile Voice Call (MVC) by Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.Under the present initiative of MVC, a 29-second message on nutrition, including early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, food supplementation, food fortification, food diversification and folic acid tablets, will reach to 40 million mobile phone subscribers from a Teletalk number - 01513-456789.

 

Reference: The Daily Financial Express

Link: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/03/19/85580

 


Cash incentive for pregnant women

 

The local government ministry signed an agreement on 23th March 2015 with the health ministry to implement this new project in 42 Upazillas of 7 districts. Bangladesh has introduced cash incentives for poor pregnant women and under-5 children in some selected districts to lure them into facilities for health and growth check-ups. Under the five-year project, during each of two pregnancies, women would get Tk 200 for each of four check-ups. A family will receive Tk 500 a month for checking growth of their babies up to two years of age, and then Tk 1000 every three months until five years of age. Mothers will also get Tk 500 for attending workshops on child nutrition and knowledge development. Bangladesh is on the track of achieving MDG 5; yet at least 194 women per 100,000 die during childbirth. With more than one-third of the under-5 children being underweight, Bangladesh is among the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of malnutrition. According to the project paper, all unions of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Mymensingh and Sherpur districts have been picked up due to their high poverty rate and malnutrition. The World Bank will finance most of the Tk 23.77 billion project. The government will inject Tk 0.37 billion. At least 600,000 mothers will be covered by the programme and they will be tracked through Bangladesh Poverty Database, according to a news agency.

 

Reference: The Daily Financial Express

Link:http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/03/23/86179

 


Prevention of child malnutrition through enrichment of family food

 

 

A meeting held on 31 March 2015 to mitigate malnutrition through Breastfeeding and proper eating habits for children. Health department, BRAC Bangladesh MIYCN-Home fortification program and BRAC Health, Nutrition and Population Programme jointly organized the meeting. Government officials, doctors, public representatives, teachers, religious leaders and journalists took part meeting in a total of 50 people. Bangladesh has already come a long way in improving the quality of healthcare and the development of the verge of achieving most of the MDG targets. Despite this progress, Bangladesh has one of the highest child malnutrition rate in the world. The diets of the children are not adequately diversified for their optimum growth and development. Although many mothers start exclusive breastfeeding satisfactorily but they go for early complementary feeding by 3-4 months of the child Moreover mothers who are practicing exclusive breastfeeding most of them are not providing diversified family food to their children later on. All these factors are forcing the child to be undernourished. To ensure child nutrition through proper diet Institute of public health and nutrition has prepared the strategy. In which - the Bangladesh National Strategy baby food - 2007 'and' the prevention and control of anemia Bangladesh National Strategy – 2007 is particularly important. Through this the involment of government, partner organizations and others role has been outlined.

 

Reference: banglapost24.com

Link: http://www.banglapost24.com/?p=415650

 

 

 

Health, Nutrition and Population Development Program to Reduce budget in ECNEC

 

A meeting held at the NEC conference room in Sher-E-Bangla on March 31, 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. According to the planning commission, Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Development Program has been implementing since 1998. As promised, the amount of money is not received from the donor's, HPNSDP reduced budget is approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). On 30 March 2015, 51 thousand and 82 crore taka was approved in the amended form. After the meeting ECENC Planning minister MA Mannan told to the reporters that the amount of money that was meant to be, it could not be found under the program from donors so the cost of the program has been cutting down. A total of 32 separate operational plan program is implementing by various departments and agencies through HPNSDP. The main activities include providing basic health services, family planning services, reproductive health services, nutrition services and procedures with a variety of activities. The World Bank, JICA is giving the loan. Also DFID, CIDA, USAID, CIDA, the Australian Aid, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the program grant GFATM included more other organizations funding for HPNSDP.

 

Reference: The Daily Ittefaq

Link: http://www.ittefaq.com.bd/national/2015/03/31/18068.html

Focus on related issues to tackle malnutrition

 

On 19th March 2015, National Nutrition Services (NNS) under Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) organized the event to increase awareness among all sections of people by using IT. Health secretary Syed Monjurul Islam was present as the chief guest, while additional secretary Roksana Quader chaired the programme. Speakers at the programme said that the country needs to focus on some related issues to address the problem of malnutrition like - food security, women's education and empowerment, hygiene practice and sanitation, and expansion of social safety-net, along with nutritional activities. They also mentioned nutrition-related education is important for ensuring nutrition, as it is not only related to health only but also with lifestyle, food habit and awareness. These observations came at the launching ceremony of nutrition-related Mobile Voice Call (MVC) by Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.Under the present initiative of MVC, a 29-second message on nutrition, including early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, food supplementation, food fortification, food diversification and folic acid tablets, will reach to 40 million mobile phone subscribers from a Teletalk number - 01513-456789.

 

Reference: The Daily Financial Express

Link: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/03/19/85580

 

 

 

 

 

Cash incentive for pregnant women

 

The local government ministry signed an agreement on 23th March 2015 with the health ministry to implement this new project in 42 Upazillas of 7 districts. Bangladesh has introduced cash incentives for poor pregnant women and under-5 children in some selected districts to lure them into facilities for health and growth check-ups. Under the five-year project, during each of two pregnancies, women would get Tk 200 for each of four check-ups. A family will receive Tk 500 a month for checking growth of their babies up to two years of age, and then Tk 1000 every three months until five years of age. Mothers will also get Tk 500 for attending workshops on child nutrition and knowledge development. Bangladesh is on the track of achieving MDG 5; yet at least 194 women per 100,000 die during childbirth. With more than one-third of the under-5 children being underweight, Bangladesh is among the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of malnutrition. According to the project paper, all unions of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Mymensingh and Sherpur districts have been picked up due to their high poverty rate and malnutrition. The World Bank will finance most of the Tk 23.77 billion project. The government will inject Tk 0.37 billion. At least 600,000 mothers will be covered by the programme and they will be tracked through Bangladesh Poverty Database, according to a news agency.

Cash incentive for pregnant women

 

 

 

Reference: The Daily Financial Express

Link:http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/03/23/86179

 

 

 

Prevention of child malnutrition through enrichment of family food


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A meeting held on 31 March 2015 to mitigate malnutrition through Breastfeeding and proper eating habits for children. Health department, BRAC Bangladesh MIYCN-Home fortification program and BRAC Health, Nutrition and Population Programme jointly organized the meeting. Government officials, doctors, public representatives, teachers, religious leaders and journalists took part meeting in a total of 50 people. Bangladesh has already come a long way in improving the quality of healthcare and the development of the verge of achieving most of the MDG targets. Despite this progress, Bangladesh has one of the highest child malnutrition rate in the world. The diets of the children are not adequately diversified for their optimum growth and development. Although many mothers start exclusive breastfeeding satisfactorily but they go for early complementary feeding by 3-4 months of the child Moreover mothers who are practicing exclusive breastfeeding most of them are not providing diversified family food to their children later on. All these factors are forcing the child to be undernourished. To ensure child nutrition through proper diet Institute of public health and nutrition has prepared the strategy. In which - the Bangladesh National Strategy baby food - 2007 'and' the prevention and control of anemia Bangladesh National Strategy – 2007 is particularly important. Through this the involment of government, partner organizations and others role has been outlined.

 

Reference: banglapost24.com

Link: http://www.banglapost24.com/?p=415650

 

Health, Nutrition and Population Development Program to Reduce budget in ECNEC

 

A meeting held at the NEC conference room in Sher-E-Bangla on March 31, 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. According to the planning commission, Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Development Program has been implementing since 1998. As promised, the amount of money is not received from the donor's, HPNSDP reduced budget is approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). On 30 March 2015, 51 thousand and 82 crore taka was approved in the amended form. After the meeting ECENC Planning minister MA Mannan told to the reporters that the amount of money that was meant to be, it could not be found under the program from donors so the cost of the program has been cutting down. A total of 32 separate operational plan program is implementing by various departments and agencies through HPNSDP. The main activities include providing basic health services, family planning services, reproductive health services, nutrition services and procedures with a variety of activities. The World Bank, JICA is giving the loan. Also DFID, CIDA, USAID, CIDA, the Australian Aid, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the program grant GFATM included more other organizations funding for HPNSDP.

 

Reference: The Daily Ittefaq

Link: http://www.ittefaq.com.bd/national/2015/03/31/18068.html