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Minister: Child mortality rate decreased by 75% in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:41 pm April 17th, 2019
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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen receives a memento at Palli Shishu Foundation’s (PSF) 41 annual conference held in Dhaka’s Mirpur area on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has significantly decreased its maternal mortality rate

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said the child mortality rate in Bangladesh has reduced by by 75%. 

The minister made the statement at Palli Shishu Foundation’s (PSF) 41 annual conference held in Dhaka’s Mirpur area on Wednesday.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set up more than 14,000 community health clinics for children and women that are helping us to reduce child and maternal mortality rates.”

Now, child mortality rates in Bangladesh have decreased around 75%, the minister said, adding that the country has also set an example by significantly reducing the maternal mortality rate.

Talking about PSF’s 41 years of service, Minister Momen hoped that the organization for rural children will positively contribute tp Bangladesh’s microfinance and health sectors. 

He said: “Bangladesh is marching forward in all aspects of development including health. In fact, the health sector here is ahead that of many neighboring countries.” 

Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Prof Dr Mohammad Abdul Aziz termed the combination of tertiary care child hospitals and community-oriented child and women health services by PSF unique. 

Dr Mohammad Abdul Aziz, also a lawmaker, hoped that PSF will continue to train grassroots-level health workers in the future. 

Among others Nawazish Ali Khan, advisor of ATN Bangla, MA Karim, chief patron of PSF and Dr Sirajul Islam, secretary general of PSF, were present at the conference; while PSF President Mosharaf Hossain Khan was in chair.  

Palli Shishu Foundation (PSF) is a: non-profit, non-political, independent, and voluntary organization established in 1976. It provides primary health services, legal aid, and income-generating programs to the least-advantaged population of Bangladesh — in order to improve their quality of their lives. 

PSF has been rendering preventive and curative health services to the children, mothers, and families for about three decades. 

The organization entered in the USAID assistance through Asia Foundation in 1982 and is delivering health and family planning services at the community level since then.