Speakers at a press conference demanded constitutional recognition of health as a fundamental right instead of a basic demand to ensure sound public health for all even to the remote areas. They also demanded immediate measures to stop rapid commercialization of health and to enhance budgetary allocation to 3.0 per cent of the GDP (gross domestic product) from the existing 0.74 per cent to bring people of all walks of life under the sound health coverage. They made the demands at a press conference organized by Sushasoner Jonno Procharavizan (SUPRO) on the eve of World Health Day 2016 in association with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Come to Work, Darpan, ISOL, Jago Nari, SDS, SETU, Sodesh Satkhira & YPSA at Dhaka Reporters Unity on 6 April 2016, Wednesday. SUPRO's Chairperson Ahmed Swapan Mahmud presided over the conference where former National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman and Chief Coordinator of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh Dr Mohammad Abdul Mazid spoke as the main discussant. General Secretary of SUPRO and Chief Executive of YPSA, Md. Arifur Rahman delivered his welcome speech and
National Council Member of SUPRO and Executive Director of SETU presented the keynote paper. They said the government must ensure community clinic service for every 6,000 people in accordance with the National Health Policy-2011 and to take proactive measures as far as smooth service and vigorous monitoring are concerned.
SUPRO organized a Human Chain on the eve of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016, Tuesday in front of National Press Club, Dhaka from 10.30 am to 11.00 am for Celebrating the Day on the theme of `Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality’.
Half of the world population is woman and it is not possible to reach towards inclusive development without all-round participation of women, and today’s young girls are future women and with this view the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day has been chosen as ‘ Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’. SUPRO being a rights based organization showed full solidarity with the theme and organized a Human chain, Rally and discussion meeting to observe the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016 across the country at national and local level (at 45 districts).
To aware and to orient the grassroots campaigners especially district secretaries SUPRO organized one-day-long orientation on using the digital tutorial in the budget advocacy into two batches for secretariat staff and district secretaries so that they can aware and orient the grassroots campaigners at their constituencies. The batches were held on 18 & 19 October 2015 respectively at STAR Center of SUPRO Office at Moahammadpur, Dhaka where 56 participants (male-46 female-10) from 43 districts and secretariat were attended. The sessions were conducted by resource persons from RedOrange and from the SUPRO STAR Centre.
During the orientation sessions they receive the clear idea and knowledge about the digital tools (Video & Website www.amartaka.org ). They also learn the techniques how to use those in the budget advocacy in practical field specially grassroots level. The participants share their different ideas and opinion and enriched the sessions with their different views during the open discussion session.