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BWHC Observed the world AIDS Day

Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC) observed the world AIDS Day (December 1) on 6th December in Dhaka, Rajsahi, Khulna and Sylhet Division like every year with the collaboration  of Bangladesh Government; the World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the endemic. On the occasion, Executive Director of BWHC led a rally from National Museum, Shahabag to Osmani Udyan as to celebrate the world AIDS day and ensures the co-operation always to eradicate the HIV/AIDS from Bangladesh. The STI/AIDS Network of Bangladesh, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and various NGOs brought out a procession from the Shahabag intersection on Thursday morning and paraded different thoroughfares before ending at Osmani Udyan.

 

This year's theme of the day is: "Right to Health". The Ministry of Health Family Welfare as well as different NGOs have taken elaborate programmes across the country to observe the day. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to disseminate information about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world, particularly in high prevalence countries.

 

Experts warned that Bangladesh is a low HIV prevalence country with several well-documented at-risk groups, the most prominent of which is brothel-based sex workers and injecting drug users. Although prevalence rate is remaining low in the country, it is surrounded by nations with much higher prevalence rates and with its own at-risk population. According to a report National AIDS / STD Programme (NASP) and UNAIDS Bangladesh (2016), cumulative number of reported HIV cases till December 2015 stands at 4,143 and deaths at 658. From 2010 to 2016, new HIV infections among children were reduced by 56% in eastern and southern Africa, the region most affected by HIV, and by 47% globally, the UNAIDS added.

 

Hon’ble Minister Mohammad Nasim, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in the occasion of Osmani Memorial Auditorium that Bangladesh has been successful in controlling HIV and AIDS and it must continue the existing efforts to end these sexually transmitted diseases by 2030 for this the government along with local and international organizations need to work together to establish HIV/AIDS free Bangladesh. 

CERTIFICATES AND EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTED AMONG 30 NEWLY GRADUATED COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHW)

“It is really an opportunity for me for being selected as one of trainee of this important training program; it enhanced my knowledge, created my image & prestige in my community and now feeling very self-possessed”

_____ Jakia Ivin

Graduated as CHW

 

BWHC provided six month-long training to ‘Change Makers’ of it’s SHOKHI project with a view to develop Community Health Worker (CHW) and a number of 30 ‘Change Makers’ have been trained and turned into CHW in 2017.

The main objective to develop these community health workers was: it was expected that these CHW could support the community people in several ways in particular, addressing the health demands usually faced by the urban slum dwellers even, after the phase out of SHOKHI project. Whenever needed, a community member could call a CHW at his/her doorsteps so that the CHW could check/access the health status instantly and could advice/could refer them to the nearby best possible low cost service centers for the effective management of that required health demand.

After successful completion of this training program (2nd batch), “Certificate Awarding Ceremony” was held at BWHC Office on 24th August, 2017. Honorable First Secretary of EKN Ms. Annie Vestjens was the Chief Guest and Ms. Sara Hossain, Honorary Executive Director of BLAST was the Special Guest on that occasion. BWHC Chairperson, Advocate Dilruba Begum chaired the ceremony. BWHC Executive Committee members, BWHC Executive Director Mr. Sharif Mostafa Helal and SHOKHI project staffs joined the ceremony to congratulate the newly graduated CHW.

In her speech, the Chief Guest told “I read a book ‘where there’s no doctor’ - which explained how CHWs could identify common illnesses and injuries and how to manage them with lots of pictures and diagrams. Now I am very happy to see that BWHC SHOKHI developed CHWs which I hope, could contribute significantly in the community. Side by side, I want to request you all to keep studying to accumulate knowledge which has no alternatives.”

Mentioning the CHW as one of ‘Best Practice’ of SHOKHI project, the Special Guest told that the SHOKHI community health workers are part of a successful model for community justice and community empowerment, in which the young women lead on providing basic health services to their neighbors at their very doorsteps. Linking community members to other service providers and government agencies make them more acceptable and accessible to their communities and they play a role as ‘Catalysts of Changes’.

The Chairperson of BWHC told that BWHC is the pioneer organization in the field of SRHR and have a very good track record for long journey towards providing both services and awareness. She congratulated the newly graduated CHWs and wished a ‘very good luck’ to all of them and expected the dedication in their upcoming new roles.  She also expressed her highest gratitude to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands for their enormous and continues supports for the project.

It needs to be noted that these CHWs were trained both theoretically and practically under the direct supervision and guidance of SHOKHI project key staff members’ e.g. the Project Manager, Paramedics etc. The training course curriculum was designed and included the below areas:

  • Common Health Problems;
  • General health Check-up;
  • Measuring of Blood Pressure;
  • ARI and its Management;
  • Hypo and Hyperthermia, Causes and Management;
  • Pneumonia and its Management;
  • Diarrhoea: Danger signs and Management;
  • ANC & PNC;
  • Contraceptives: Types, eligibility and importance;
  • RTI/STI: Sign, Symptoms and Importance of Treatment;
  • Malnutrition: Measurement and correction;
  • Roles and Responsibility CHW and authority of interventions.
  • Each of the Health Workers received 3 months theoretical training and other three months hands on training on the above issues.

 Equipment handed over:

  • With a certificate, each of the CHW was given below equipment-
  • Sphygmomanometer i.e. BP Machine
  • Stethoscope
  • Community Health Workers Medical Guide Book
  • Thermometer

 In general, SHOKHI project (in Bangla: Shastho, Odhikar O Narir Ischapuron; in English: Women’s Health Rights and Choices) in being implemented from 2014 to increase the dignity of women addressing essential health issues, the role of women in the field of socio-economic and political development and many other problems of women are addressed. In collaboration with the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Marie Stopes Bangladesh (MSB) and Amrai Pari (We Can), the BWHC implements this project with a view to increase the social and economic empowerment of women living in the urban slums in Mohakhali, Mohammadpur and Mirpur in Dhaka city, thereby increasing women’s opportunities to lead a safe, healthy and happy life with dignity. The primary beneficiaries of this project is women focusing to working women of 15 slums of aforesaid areas where the family members of primary beneficiaries, community members, communities in nearby slums, employers, other women workers, and mid-level staff at RMG factories are included as secondary members in this project.

 

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BWHC Executive Director joined the Inititial Meeting of EU Youth Project at Patan, Nepal

Mr. Sharif Mostafa Helal, the Executive Director of BWHC joined the initial meeting of the project “Breaking the Cycle” organized in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme Capacity Building in the field of Youth and financially support from the European Community Budget from 9th – 14th October 2017.

The project ‘Breaking the Cycle’ aims to strengthen the capacity and commitment of young people from different regions of the world to take actions aimed at eradicating Gender Based Violence. In addition, it seeks to foster cooperation and exchange of experience in the field of GBV among young people. Promoting international mobility through non-formal learning. It has the participation of organizations from six countries, with extensive experiences in the field of GBV: KEDE (Greece), YOUTH FIRST (Madagascar), LACC (Nepal), CHSJ (India), BWHC (Bangladesh) and CERUJOVI (Spain).

Recently, BWHC along with the other aforesaid organizations have been awarded for implementing this project starting from August 2017 to September 2017.

BWHC Executive Director Participated in Project Review Workshop at Kuala Lumpur

 

BWHC’s Executive Director Mr. Sharif Mostafa Helal participated a capacity building and networking workshop in Kuala Lumpur held on 03 – 08 September 2017 organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) with a view to review one of it’s project submitted to Safe Abortion Action Funds which was eventually, BWHC has been awarded.

The overall goal of the project was: Marginalized young girls and women of ethnic minority and tea workers in north-eastern part of Bangladesh have access to safe and comprehensive abortion care and other sexual and reproductive health services without stigmas.

With five separate objectives:

Objective 1: Improve the quality of abortion and post-abortion services available to women and young girls in Sylhet, Moulovibazar, Hobigonj and Sunamgonj by establishing modern facilities and medical abortion practices by the end of the project;

Objective 2: Improving attitude of stakeholders towards safe abortion to ensure women of targeted communities can access safe abortion without stigmas by the end of the project;

Objective 3: Increase knowledge on existing available abortion services through hotline for safe abortion and to reduce complications from unsafe abortion by March 2020;

Objective 4: To decrease stigmas towards comprehensive abortion care and post-abortion complications, MHM of the beneficiaries by ensuring comprehensive awareness program by March 2020;

Objective 5: Knowledge generation on current SRH issues experienced by the targeted population by the end of the project

New Office location of BWHC

BWHC's office has been shifted to its own building located at Baitul Aman Housing Society, Adabor, Mohammadpur from 02 March 2014. All respected Donor, partners and stakeholders are requested to contact with us at the following address:

Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition (BWHC)

House No 806, Road No 03

Baitul Aman Housing Society

Adabor, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207

Telephone: 880-2-9131681-2

Cell: 880 1753 266 916

Fistula Patients Treatment Recovery and Rehabilitation (FPTRRP) Project

With a broader goal to end “fistula” –a menace to motherhood, The Fistula Patients Training and Rehabilitation Project came into existence on Nov 2006 with the funding support from UNFPA. It is a Partnership Project titled "Fistula Patients Treatment Recovery and Rehabilitation Project ", where Director General (DGHS) is the Project Director, DMCH is the Strategic Partner for treatment, UNFPA is the Partner for Technical & Financial assistance and BWHC is the Implementing Partner for Rehabilitation activities.
The exclusive feature of this project is, this is the only initiative in the country that has strongly focused on the obstetric fistula patients, rehabilitating the cured patients in their community and with a long term vision, developing them as an ambassador to campaign for elimination of the fistula.

Read more: Fistula Patients Treatment Recovery and Rehabilitation (FPTRRP) Project
Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition (BWHC)
House No 806, Road No 03
Baitul Aman Housing Society
Adabor, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207
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Cell: +880 1753 266 916

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