How the interventions of “Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) in Bangladesh” could sustain for longer period and to obtain a long term benefits a workshop was held on 14th June 2015, Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. at Platinum Suites, Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Researchers, policy planners, programme personnel and development partners from different GOs, NGOs, were present in the workshop.
Dr. Shams El Arifeen, Director of Child and Adolescent Health, icddr,b welcomed all the participants to this “SoLiD Sustainability Workshop”. Dr. Olakunle Alonge, the Program Manager, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Aminur Rahman, Director of the International Drowning Research Centre-Bangladesh of CIPRB and Dr. Shams El Arifeen, presented papers on Magnitude of Child Drowning and Background of SoLiD Programme, Child Drowning Prevention interventions: Experience so far, and How to Sustain SoLiD respectively.
“Dialogues can be started with stakeholders, ministry of health, ministry of education, ministry of local govt., ministry of disaster management and other ministries working on child safety promotion issue for the sustainability of Anchal and for fund arrangement” suggested Mr. Nasir Uddin, the former secretary of GoB in the open discussion.
Ms. Amy Delneuville, Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF-Bangladesh advised that all children at primary school should learn swimming and adolescents should learn rescue system so that they can save their younger brothers and sisters from drowning, they can share this issue with their parents and make them aware of drowning prevention.
All the participants participated in the open discussion with enthusiasm on various issues related to SoLiD programme.
In the near future, Bangladesh will be the leader in saving of children lives from drowning in Bangladesh. Prof. Dr. AKM Fazlur Rahman, Executive Director, CIPRB strongly added his belief.
Prof. Rahman, concluded the workshop with vote of thanks and expressed his warm gratitude to all for participating in the workshop.