A ‘Kick-off Event’ of the Bangladesh Health Communication Springboard got off to a momentous thrust on Thursday May 08, 2014 at a city hotel in Dhaka amid festivity and fervor among the invited guests. About 350 people related to health, population and nutrition sector in Bangladesh participated in this event.
Prof. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; Ms. Melissa Jones, Director, OPHNE at USAID Bangladesh; and Mr. Kojo Lokko, Deputy Project Director, HC3 Project, JHU•CCP attended the event.
Professor Ainun Nishat officially launched the Bangladesh Health Communication Springboard by signing up on the global springboard website www.healthcomspringboard.org.
The program started with the welcome address by Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan, Director & CEO, BCCP.
Mr. Kojo Lokko, Deputy Project Director, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), JHU.CCP made a presentation on global Springboard to introduce the Springboard ideas to the participants and orient them to the existing virtual Springboard and discuss on the need of an even wider network of health communication practitioners in Bangladesh.
Ms. Rebecca Arnold, Project Director, BKMI shared information about Bangladesh Springboard and its importance. She emphasized on the need to expand a broader forum for health communication practitioners in Bangladesh.
Special guest Ms. Melissa Jones, Director, Office of the Population, Health, Nutrition and Education at USAID Bangladesh also spoke on the occasion. She said that Springboard will contribute a lot when health communication professionals have a network in which to connect and interact, enriching them in discussion, exchange and learning. And they join together in a space that fosters innovation and synergy to promote a sustainable development in health communication programs in Bangladesh and beyond.
Health communication practitioners from Vietnam, Indonesia and India also participated in this event to observe the process so that they can replicate the concept of Springboard in their respective countries. Earlier, a huge number of participants signed up and navigated through the existing virtual Springboard platform.
The Springboard is a space that provides opportunities for practitioners with common interests to connect both on line and in face-to-face activities to share ideas, resources and learn together to improve the practice of health communication. It will support and nurture Asia and Africa regional communities of health communication practitioners, scholars and policy-makers. Springboard participants can share and tap into existing expertise and resources, develop their own health communication capacity, and discover or contribute innovative solutions.
The Kick-off Event was jointly organized by Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) and Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI). BKMI is a USAID-supported project led by JHU∙CCP and implemented by BCCP.