On October 30, 2017, a dissemination event of Addressing Bangladesh’s Demographic Challenges (ABDC) project, titled ‘Urban Health Challenges: Learnings and Way Forward’ was organised by EPOS Health Management GmbH at Spectra Convention Centre in Dhaka. ABDC is a health project that is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, supported by EPOS Health Management GmbH and funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). ABDC has been implemented in the urban areas of Sylhet, Rajshahi and Narayanganj City Corporation since 2012 and will successfully close in December 2017. In this regard, the project organised the day-long dissemination event for partners in the health sector.
Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy, Honourable Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation graced the event as Chief Guest, while Honourable Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation, Mohammad Mossaddique Hossain Bulbul and Brig. Gen. Dr. Md. Jamilur Rahman, Director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital were present as Special Guests. Andreas Hartmann, Head of Development Cooperation of the German Embassy Dhaka, also gave a speech, and the event was chaired by Werner Lange, Acting Country Director of GIZ Bangladesh.
Dr. Ivy thanked GIZ and EPOS for being a constant support for the last five years and for organising this event. She further said: “Although this project is coming to an end, but it is a great starting point for us as this project has helped us identify the health challenges in health sector especially at the slums, within the hospitals and at the overall governance level.”
The speeches of the Chief Guest and Social guests were followed by a book launch event of ABDC photobook titled ‘Towards Healthier Lives’. This photo documentary captures the essence of the project’s work in the last five years. Moreover, a video showing the key facts and achievements was prepared.
After sharing the learnings from the project in the past few years, a panel discussion was held on the topic of ‘Urban Health Challenges: Learnings and Way Forward’. The panel discussion was led by national and international experts in the health sector. Dhiraj Kumar Nath, Urban Health Specialist from Asian Development Bank chaired the discussion while Dr. Shamim Jahan, Director – Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, Save the Children; Ms. Angela Bommer, Health Delegate, Swiss Red Cross; Dr. Nitish Kanti Debnath, Divisional Director of Health, Dhaka, DGHS and Dr. F.A.M Anjuman Ara Begum, Chief Health Officer (CHO) of Rajshahi City Corporation took part in the panel discussion.
Picture From Left: Eva Huebner, Portfolio Manager, GIZ; Andreas Hartmann, Head of Development Cooperation, German Embassy Dhaka; Brig. Gen. Dr. Md. Jamilur Rahman, Director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital; Amit Paliwal, Project Director, ABDC, EPOS; Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy, Honourable Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation; Honourable Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation, Mohammad Mossaddique Hossain Bulbul; Werner Lange, Acting Country Director, GIZ.