Integrating Risk Communication and Community Engagement in the National Health Care System.

A widespread consensus were ingrained over the discussion took place in the policy dialogue on the ‘Integrating Risk Communication and Community Engagement in the National Health Care System”. This policy dialogue event was held through webinar in the Zoom platform on September 26, 2020. Prof. Dr. Habibe Millat MP attended this event as Chief Guest while Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain, Chairperson, Public Health Association of Bangladesh and former DG, DGHS chaired the dialogue event. In his opening speech Prof. Dr. Habibe Millat MP emphasized on the community engagement in the health care system and termed this policy as an essential part of the health service delivery system. He also opined to reformation of the health service management and delivery system by integration of risk communication and community engagement as core health care policy and mentioned the promotive and preventive care is equally important as like the curative care. He welcomed BCCP’s effort for this policy dialogue and their subsequent plan to develop a position paper. He offered himself to work for creating attention of the policy makers with this position paper on today’s subject issue. This dialogue and subsequent discussions were attended by senior policy level professionals and local government representatives as panelist, discussant and observer includes; Prof. Mahmudur Rahman                   : Consultant, ICDDR,B and former Director, IEDCR Prof. Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora       : ADG, Planning & Development, DGHS Prof. Shameen Yasmeen                     : Chairperson, Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh Dr. A J Faisel                                      : Former Country Director, Engenderhealth-Bangladesh Mr. Helal Uddin                                 : Additional Secretary, Planning Wing, HSD,MoHFW Adv. Safia Khanam                            : Chairman, Zilla Parishad, Rangpar Mr. Quazi A K M Mohiul Islam         : Former DG, DGFP Dr. Muhammod Abdus Sabur             : Adjunct Professor, Institute of Health Economics, DU Dr Taufiq Joarder                               : Executive Director, Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh Mr. Abdus Salam Khan                      : Joint Secretary, Planning Wing, ME & FWD, MoHFW Mr. Md. Anisur Rahman                     : Chairman, Upazila Parishad, Taraganj, Rangpur Mr. Ruhul Amin Talukdar                  : Addl. Secretary on lien and Team Lead, NIPN, HKI In addition to the policy level professionals 58 professionals of different level from the health, population and nutrition field also attended this policy dialogue. They made few questions to the panelist, discussant and to the observers and also had few of their recommendations on the subject issue. The policy dialogue event was initiated followed by a keynote presentation made by Dr. Zeenat Sultana, Program Director, BCCP. The following discussions of the panelist, discussant and the observers were rotated with the issues pointed out in the keynote paper. The key recommendations of this policy dialogue were as below:
  • Integration of risk communication and community engagement as core health care policy to include in the health education, in-service training and on-the-job training of entire health care professionals and workers
  • The health issues like; one health, SDG and UHC is entirely depending on the awareness of the risky health behaviors by engaging community on the model health behavior and practice
  • A position paper has to be developed on the subject issue and on the recommendations made in this policy dialogue to get advocated at the appropriate policy points for integration in the health care system
  • Community involvement on avoiding the risky health behavior can be done through front line health workers and community clinic health trust members
  • Community people need to get health message and information for model health behavior and practice at their household level
  • Preventive measures of the health service delivery are sustainable and cost effective rather than putting over emphasis on the curative service delivery
  • Need based transformation of the medical education curriculum with the inclusion of risk communication and community engagement
  • Both CDC and NCDC requires providing household knowledge to undertake preventive measures by individual, family and bring up as a model community health practice
  • Our current service delivery oriented health system requires getting changed with people oriented health care system
  • The position paper as would have made on this policy dialogue has to be reached out to the entire policy level points with necessary advocacy and follow-on activities has to be undertaken.
At the end Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan, Director and CEO thanked the panelist, discussant and observer as well as other participants for their active participation, discussion and recommendations. In his concluding remarks Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain, the Chairperson of the event, termed this occasion as a successful one and expressed his satisfaction over the discussions and the recommendations which could bring a good result with appropriate pursuance and advocacy effort.


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