Health is not a privilege, it is rights for All Stop Privatization and Commercialization in Health Sector

SUPRO organized a national consultation on “Health Service Scenario and Health Policy 2009” in CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka on 22 December 2009. Experts, physicians and NGO representatives demanded that the government should ensure people’s right to health services in the national health policy, now at the final stage of its formulation.

Mohammad Shahid Ullah, Campaign Coordinator of SUPRO presented a keynote paper at the consultation summarizing the findings and recommendations of report card survey and case studies which was undergone in 33 districts for last 2 years.

Member of parliamentary standing committee for Law Khan Tipu Sultan attended the programme as chief guest. ‘The government was trying to accommodate opinions of the mass people in the health policy,’ said Khan Tipu Sultan. He said that they were trying to allocate five per cent of total GDP for the health sectors to ensure better health services to all. Former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Abdul Mannan was present as special guest.

Speakers criticized this Draft Health Policy that it is a ‘medical’ policy not a holistic health policy. For better health services doctors and nurses need specialized training including behavioral training. Speakers also said that alternative ways of medication such as ‘Ayourvadic’ ‘Indigenous knowledge based medication’ has not been addressed in this health policy.

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National Sharing Meeting on the Findings of the Monitoring on Govt Budget Allocation and Impact on Girls’ Education

SUPRO shared the findings of the Grassroots Monitoring on Govt. Budget Allocation and Impact on Girls’ Education through a National Consultation meeting held on 13 December 2009, at the Conference hall of National Press Club Dhaka. Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Principal Md. Shah Alam and Advocate Biren Sikdar, were present at the meeting as special guests where Professor Sourov Sikdar of Dhaka University and Khawaja Mainuddin, Special Correspondent of the New Age were present as discussants. Representatives of the districts under the said monitoring initiative were also present and shared their experience while doing the field work.

With the objective of finding out the grass roots picture on utilisation of budget allocation for girls’ students and assessing the progress on achieving relevant MDGs-(MDG 2- Achieve Universal Primary Education and MDG 3- Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women) SUPRO conducted the study in 12 primary schools and 12 secondary schools situated in 12 districts of 6 backward regions, such as, char, haor, monga and coastal belt. The districts under the study included Tangail, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Pabna, Bogra, Borguna, Pirojpur, Satkhira, Thakurgaon, Shariatpur, Rangamati and Jhenaidah.

The findings of the monitoring disclosed that despite special incentives of the government on encouraging education, the progress picture is not satisfactory. Though enrolment rate has increased both at primary and secondary level, completion rate is quite disappointing.

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MDGs Progress Review & Presentation of Shadow Report

Speakers have demanded in a National Sharing Meeting on MDGs Progress Review & Presentation of Shadow Report today (9 December, 2009) to set country specific target for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in considering the country context to eradicate poverty and ensure essential services for all citizens organized by SUPRO a national network of grass roots organizations at Press Club, Dhaka. The guest speakers and expert on MDGs Professor Dr. M.S.Akbar, MP & Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Abdul Mannan, former state minister for tourism and civil aviation, Mohammad Tarique Ahsan, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education and Research, Dhaka University, Sanjida Akther Nira, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Development Studies, Dhaka University, Monisha Biswas, National MDGs Advocacy and Communication Expert, UN Millennium Campaign , Bangladesh were present in the national sharing meeting. Among others, MA Quader, Secretary General of SUPRO, Manju Rani Pramanik, Executive Board member of SUPRO, MA Salam, National Council member of SUPRO, Sharifa Khatun, Executive Board member of SUPRO, civil society members, media professionals and district networking members of SUPRO were also present in the national sharing meeting. The round table discussion was moderated by SUPRO’s Chairperson Abdul Awal and the discussion paper was jointly presented by Lawrence Besra and Qumrunnessa Nazly Coordinator of SUPRO. A total of 135 participants have attended at the National Consultation meeting on MDGs.

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