30th Meeting of the Bangladesh BCC Working Group

BCCWG forum could be a good source to contribute better in the public health field for health and well-being of the people of Bangladesh

  • opined by Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, HSD, MoHFW. 

The BCC Working Group met in their 30th meeting on the September 01, 2020 having Mr. Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, HSD, MoHFW in the Chair and Mr. Nitish Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary, HE & FW, MoHFW as the Co-chair. The National Nutrition Service (NNS) hosted this meeting held in Zoom platform. Ms. Nilufar Nazneen, Joint Secretary, PH, HSD, MoHFW and Mr. Saiful Islam, Deputy Secretary, PH-2, HSD, MoHFW also joined in this meeting. A total of 42 participants represents IEM, NNS, FSD, MIS-DGFP, CCSDP, BHE, WHO, DPs and NGOs joined this meeting. Among others five Line Directors of the IEM, FP-FSD, LHEP, NNS and the Chief Health Education Bureau had joined in this meeting.

In his opening speech Mr. Md. Mostafa Kamal welcomed the participants and told that the BCCWG forum could be a good source to contribute better in the public health field for health and well-being of the people of Bangladesh. At this point of meeting the participants get themselves introduced. The Chairperson then opened the meeting discussions following the agenda of the meeting.

After reading out of the minutes of last BCCWG meeting and a review of the progresses so far been made following the last minutes, the meeting proceeded to the organization wide presentation on the SBCC activities could have been achieved after the last BCCWG meeting. The organization wide presentations were made by Mr. Mukhlesur Rahman, BHE, Ms. Ishrat Jabeen, IEM, Ms. Kanta Devi, Plan International, Mr. Catalin Bercaru, WHO-Bangladesh and Mr. Amanullah, NNS.

Following agenda of the meeting Dr. Zeenat Sultana, Acting CoP, USAID-Ujjiban SBCC Project and Mr. Dipak Kanti Mazumder made a brief presentation over the Annual SBCC Monitoring Report and over the HPN SBCC Coordination Committee Guidebook. In her presentation Dr. Zeenat Sultana mentioned that this Annual SBCC Monitoring Report is being published by the MoHFW from the last year as a compiled report of the HPN units and the NGOs. She also highlighted some salient features of the report. In his presentation Mr. Dipak Kanti Mazumder briefly presented the key features of the HPN SBCC Coordination Committee Guidebook. He mentioned that this guidebook will facilitate the district and upazila level SBCC Coordination Committee get activated and function better. As the last agenda of the meeting Mr. Dipak Kanti Mazumder described about the ToR for the adaptation of new members of BCCWG as have been developed by a sub-committee formed in the last BCCWG meeting and told that the sub-committee accepted the Friendship-Bangladesh as new member of the committee.

At this point the Chairperson suggested the BCCWG member organization that can involve the local government representatives and the UNO of respective upazila for mobilizing local support for any development work including health and family Planning. This involvement will enhance the program efficiency, better community acceptability and community ownership of the program.

On behalf of the host organization of this meeting Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Line Director-NNS emphasized the need of the activation of SBCC Coordination Committee as a priority activity. He told that concerted effort is very much necessary for interventions requires people’s participation like; health, population and nutrition.

In his speech as Co-chairperson Mr. Nitish Chandra Sarker, Additional Secretary, HE & FW, MoHFW remarked that this forum will profusely contribute to avoid duplication of work and attain a reinforcement of SBCC activities with reciprocal sharing and coordination. He thanked Ujjiban for their continued support for steering up the BCCWG forum to make it further contributory.

Making his remarks as Chairperson of the meeting Mr. Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, HSD, MoHFW further iterated the responsibility of the health and family planning professionals to work for the people and mobilize all of the effort and resources to attain the HPNSP goals when we already spent most of its time span. He expressed his happiness to know few organizations have undertaken Covid-19 as one of their program interventions. He hoped this forum will be continuing their effort to attain best and make their contribution to achieving HPNSP goals.