The health camp provided consultation services and medicine for pregnancy and general health issues to around 200 mothers and children
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has organised a daylong Health & Family Planning Awareness Fair for garment workers at Kaliakair in Gazipur on Friday. to increase awareness of family planning in the low-income settlements of garments workers, and provide basic family planning consultation services.
Held on the premises of Dr Fajar Ali Model School & College, the event comprised of cultural events, stage dramas, folk song performances and video displays to inform and educate the people of the local community, especially garment workers, on family planning methods and maternal health.
Supported by the local Chandora Apollo Clinic, the health camp provided consultation services and medicine for pregnancy and general health issues to around 200 mothers and children. A large number of garment workers, and local stakeholders attended the event, among other members of the local community.
The Health & Family Planning Awareness Fair was the first event of a three-week Community Awareness Campaign, and is a part of the “Facilitating access to health for factory workers” project. The project receives funding support from the Carrefour Foundation.
The project’s mandate is to create a comprehensive and easily accessible healthcare system for garment workers in five factories in the Gazipur and Savar region. More than 10,000 workers have already been brought under a health insurance scheme through the project.
Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest garment exporter with over 4.2 million workers in the sector. Women in low-income settlements of garments workers continue to live at risk of unintended pregnancies, and although some of them know the physical and socioeconomic values of using family planning, many still fail to use contraception or other family planning methods for lack of awareness.