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Baseline study findings of maternal, adolescent and reproductive health in tea gardens of Bangladesh

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On 12 December 2016, Health Economic Unit of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has been organized a national dissemination meeting on baseline study findings of maternal, adolescent and reproductive health in tea gardens of Bangladesh at CIRDAP auditorium on 2.00 pm.  Md. Asadul Islam, Director General, Health Economic Unit of MoHFW was the chief guest of the meeting. Findings of the baseline study was presented by Prof. MA Halim, Director, Reproductive and Child Health department of CIPRB. The survey has been conducted in 166 in tea gardens of Sylhet district in where basic information of demographic and health status were collected. In addition to this, depth information on maternal, adolescent and reproductive health status was collected from randomly selected 25 tea gardens of Moulvibazar district by the MoHFW with the technical and implementation support of CIPRB and UNFPA, Bangladesh. The study has been identified key health issues which need further improvement to ensure quality of health care services in the marginalized population.

During discussion session, Dr. Satyakam Chakraborty, Civil Surgeon of Moulvibazar district highlighted the “Bagan Mayer Jonno” intervention in five selected tea gardens in Moulvibazar. Dr. Satyakam said-“the district has been planned and intervene in those garden with an excellent coordination between local government, health and family planning department, tea garden authorities, Bangladesh Tea Board, and garden Pachayet under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner of Moulvibazar from the very beginning”.

The Civil Surgeon also mentioned that findings of baseline study helped them for planning and initiate the work.

Dr. Sathya Doraiswamy, Health Chief of UNFPA mentioned during his speech “Now we have some ground information of maternal, adolescent and reproductive health status in the tea gardens. UNFPA is pleased to be part of this with partnership of CIPRB to continue work for the marginalized community for their betterment of health. We are now working more closely with the government and different stakeholders for scale up”.

Md. Asadul Islam, Director General, Health Economic Unit of MoHFW is his speech shown government interest and priority in improving maternal and reproductive health status of tea gardens. The DG focused on quality of care that could help to address sustainable developmental goal by 2030. Md. Asadul Islam gave thanks to CIPRB and UNFPA to come forward to support government in designing and implementing baseline survey and followed by “Bagan Mayer Jonno” intervention.

Dr. MD. Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director, HEU of MoHFW, Dr. Abu Zafar Mohammad Musa, Special Advisor of UNFPA and Prof. Dr Fazlur Rahman, Executive Director of CIPRB was participated in the discussion session and gave their valuable inputs. Participants from DGHS, DGFP, OGSB, BNF, Save the Children, Nursing Council, professional experts, NGOs, journalists, district health and family planning managers of Moulviabzar district, representative from tea gardens were participated in the meeting.

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Reported by: Dr Animesh Biswas, Senior Scientist, Reproductive and Child Health Department, CIPRB

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