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Wednesday August 23, 2017 02:39 AM

GSK-CARE move for maternal, child health development

GSK-CARE move for maternal, child health development
David Pritchard, vice president of Africa and Asia region of GSK, addressing a programme on a Sunamganj-based health campaignMahmud Hossain Opu

Common people are benefitting from their services well equipped with modern healthcare system and supported by local government and community support groups

Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and non-government organisation CARE Bangladesh has trained up 300 people of Sunamganj to bring significant improvement on maternal and child health issues in the district.

The two organisations at a programme in Dhaka on Tuesday revealed the information on the results, success and learning of their health campaign styled CARE-GSK Community Health Worker Initiative.

Key stakeholders of the ongoing project highlighted their overall success, challenges, experience and activities in the event, where they also vowed to accomplish the project with success in the coming years.

Chaired by Nahid Sultana Mallik, deputy secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the event was attended, among others, by the ministry’s Joint Secretary (admin), Faiz Ahmed, as chief guest, where David Pritchard, vice president of Africa and Asia region, GSK and Andres Gonzalo Gomez De La Torre Barrera, Director of Programmes, CARE UK were present as special guests.

Speakers, hailing the initiative, said the project would have a long-term impact in Sunamganj since it has 300 skilled healthcare service providers for respective communities.

Common people are benefitting from their services well equipped with modern healthcare system and supported by local government and community support groups, they added.

Many also termed the initiative a solid example of sustainable service delivery option that complements the government efforts in remote and underserved communities.

ICDDR,B presented the midterm evaluation findings of the project, which it prepared in 2016 showing that skilled service uptake for pregnant women and children increased by almost three times in last three years. Over two thirds of the service recipients are either from poor or extreme poor families.

There is also reduction in early childhood deaths in Sunamganj, the findings say.

The project engaging the local entrepreneurs in the district started in December 2012 in 50 union parishads, which expanded to 87 UPs at the end of last year.

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