With a primary objective to promote the divisional level GO-NGO coordination and brings better program impact through SBCC approaches in the health and family planning program fields, 5th Divisional BCC Working Group meeting was held at Sylhet on September 16, 2019. A total of 17 participants from Government and NGO those are working in the Sylhet Division participated in the meeting. Divisional Directors both from the Health and Family planning departments participated in the meeting. Mr. Kutub Uddin, Divisional Director- Family Planning, Sylhet was present as Chairperson in the meeting. The secondary objective of the meeting was to share the existing HPN SBCC program/activities being implemented by the GoB and NGO in the Sylhet division and promote coordination for better synergy in implementing the 4th sector development program and attain better program impact.
In addition to the DGHS and DGFP program officials the meeting had NGO representations from the USAID Ujjiban project, HEED-Bangladesh, SHIMANTIK, WHO, Sukhi jiobon were present in the meeting. Mr. Jamil Akter, Divisional Manager of Ujjiban, Sylhet share the baseline research finding and accomplishment of the last quarter’s SBCC activities respectively. It was discussed in the meeting that some donors like UNICEF, UNDP and NGO, INGO are not attending in the meeting and strong follow up should be needed by the office of the organizer of the meeting also provide minutes of the meeting putting CC to high level officials of the concern NGOs. It was also discussed in the meeting to involve the grassroot level field workers of government in any motivational program has been conducting by any NGOs in Sylhet Division and it has to be informed by the respective NGOs to concern Directors of both health and family planning. Civil Surgeon, Sylhet opined that coordination, cooperation between health and family planning department in Sylhet division is very good which is conducive environment to work NGOs and that should be properly utilized. The meeting decided to continue Divisional BCC Working Group meeting quarterly on rotation basis at Divisional Director Health and Family Planning. Next meeting will be held on end of December, 2019 at Divisional Director’s office Sylhet. In the meeting it was decided that from now onward Shukhi Jibon should be included as member of the Divisional BCC working group of Sylhet Division. All concern NGOs should be participated in such an important meet.
As closing remarks, Divisional Director-Family expressed hopes that such BCC Working group meeting will profusely contribute in avoiding duplication of work by way of coordinated effort and to be continued .