Call for multi-pronged malnutrition strategy
The Civil Society Alliance organised a seminar on exploring the opportunities for SUN in Bangladesh on 4 June Tuesday just days before the June 8 “Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science” Summit in London. The civil society was formed last year, nearly two years after the global SUN movement to support the national effort to scale up nutrition. National and international organisations like BRAC, Save the Children, Unicef, Plan Bangladesh, Concern Worldwide, DFID, Alive and Thrive, and FHI 360 joined the alliance to take forward the nutrition issue in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is trapped by ‘the vicious cycle’ of malnutrition, experts say suggesting ‘strong multi-sectoral’ approach to break it for a healthy generation.“It’s not a health issue only, it requires people across sectors like agriculture, water, sanitation, education, employment to work together,” says Dr Kaosar Afsana, Secretary of the Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) in Bangladesh. Dr. Rukhsana Haider, Chairperson of the Civil Society Alliance, said malnutrition in children and women remained as ‘a continuing challenge’ for Bangladesh as in many parts of the world. Member of the Global Civil Society Network for SUN Dr Sultana Khanum said in the run up to the summit, “there has been huge campaign not only in the UK, but also across the world”. New State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki joined the seminar in her maiden public meeting after being sworn in and inaugurated a website of the alliancewww.suncsa.org.
‘Improve national nutrition’
The Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition, Bangladesh (CSA for SUN, BD) organised a meeting with nutrition and policymakers on ‘Exploring Opportunities for Scaling Up Nutrition’ on 6 June, Tuesday at Spectra Convention Centre, says a press release. Policymakers were invited to the meeting to discuss issues relating to nutrition and ways to improve the nutritional status of the country. State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Meher Afroze Chumki, MP, attended the event as the chief guest whereas the event was chaired by Dr Sultana Khanum, SUN global civil society network focal point. Dr Rukshana Haider, Chairperson of CSA for SUN, BD, Dr Kaosar Afsana, Secretary of CSA for SUN, BD, Dr Mustafizur Rahman, Programme Manager of IPHN attended the meeting as special guests.
Dr. Sultana Khanum mentioned that the event has been organised in alignment with the Global Hunger Summit, 2013 titled ‘Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science’ Summit scheduled to be held on June 8, 2013 at London. Dr Rukshana Haider, Chairperson of CSA for SUN, BD, in her speech highlighted that malnutrition in children and women still remains as a frontline challenge for Bangladesh and therefore collective multi-sectoral approach should be adopted to combat malnutrition in Bangladesh. Dr Kaosar Afsana, Secretary also present and spoke at the meeting.
3rd Executive Committee Meeting
The 3rd Executive Committee meeting was held on July 08, 2013 at Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) meeting room. The meeting initiated with the review of the previous meeting minutes. The draft action plan of BCSNPN prepared by Dr. S.K. Roy and his team was discussed with the aim to finalize it. Several initiatives for nutrition were identified which can help to improve the nutrition status of the country. The identified activities are aimed to ensure multi- sectoral efforts and the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the nutrition arena. The network will ensure an uniform voice among all the nutrition specific stakeholders. Discussion also extended to organize a “Nutrition Congress” on three specific thematic areas- nutrition and business, policies of the nutrition policies and interventions for nutrition. The “Nutrition Congress” was later termed as “Nutrition Symposium” upon discussion among the present executive committee members in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Dr. S K Roy, Vice-President of this network. Moreover other EC members and Prof. Shah Monir Hossain, General Secretary,A K M Nurun Nabi, Vice-President of the network were present at the meeting and newly elected coordinator Dr. Md. Shamim Hayder Talukder also present there to support the EC committee.