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4th People’s Health Assembly to be held Nov 15-19

  • Published at 01:07 pm October 14th, 2018
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Hossain Zillur Rahman, Amitava Guha, and Dr Laila Parveen Banu, among other organizers, were present at the press conference at the National Press Club in October 14, 2018 Md Nahian/Dhaka Tribune

500 Bangladeshi representatives will attend

The People’s Health Assembly (PHA)-4 will be held in November at Gono University in Savar.

The five-day long assembly, which is set to begin on November 15, was announced at a press conference held at the National Press Club around 10:30am on Sunday.

Former adviser to the caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman, National Co-Convenor of the People's Health Movement-India Amitava Guha, and Gono University Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Laila Parveen Banu were present at the press conference—among other organizers.

National Co-Convenor of the People's Health Movement-India Amitava Guha said: "We provided AIDS medicine in South Africa, from India at a lower coast, which helped to save the lives of many people. 

"These are our success stories but we are facing challenges too in the upcoming days. Providing healthcare to all levels of people is a challenging task."

Speakers also said Bangladesh’s healthcare ranks higher than that of India. Additionally, the assembly will also create common agendas for interventions on a range of issues among all countries. 

National Coordinator of PHA Jakir Hossain said “the objective of the assembly is  to evaluate and critically analyze current processes and policies that impact health and healthcare at a global, regional and local level; to monitor and drive policy implementation; to ensure accountability in the functioning of health systems; and to foster and support constructive dialogue—to plan and mobilize around healthcare. ”

The assembly will also host several workshops allowing for debates and discussion.

Around 800 representatives of health service providers and doctors from different low and middle-income countries will be present at this assembly.

Representatives of 78 countries have already registered for this assembly and five hundred Bangladeshi representatives will attend the convening. 

The prime objective of this event is to inform the public about health and devise realistic policies regarding healthcare. 

Moreover, PHA plans to formulate ideas for different health care systems that do not yet exist.

During the assembly, organizers will provide bus services from Dhaka to Savar.