The World Population Day-2019 was observed in Bangladesh like many other countries in the world in a very festive mood on July 11, 2019. The theme of ‘World Population Day-2019’ is ’25 years of ICPD: accelerating the promise’. Numerous activities were taken nationwide to celebrate the day. Among the nationwide initiatives the main attraction of the day was the inaugural session and award giving ceremony at Krishibid Institutions, Khamarbari, Dhaka. Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP was present as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Chairman of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare standing committee Prof. Dr. AFM Ruhal Haque, MP was present as special guest. The inaugural session was chaired by the Acting Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Mr. Shaikh Yusuf Harun. The welcome address was provided by Kazi Mustafa Sarwar, Director General, Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP). The Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Abul Kalam Azad provided speech as guest of honour and vote of thanks was given by Dr. Ashraffunnessa, Joint Secretary, MOHFW and Director IEM of the DGFP.
The celebration of world population day 2019 started with the release of theme song, jingle and documentary produced by IEM unit of the DGFP. The Chief Guest distributed awards to the best Family Planning Workers and Service Centres for providing excellent effort in Maternal Child Health and Family Planning services from April 2018 to March 2019. Besides, Family Planning Media award 2018 -2019 was given to four media personnel for producing quality report and program related to Population, Maternal & Child Health. Award was also given to a young debater who was selected through a series of debate competition organized in eight divisional level with a final at national level.
Before the inaugural ceremony, a colourful rally leaded by the Acting Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Mr. Shaikh Yusuf Harun started in front of south plaza of the National Assembly Bhaban that ended at Krishibid Institution.