Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan-SUPRO organized a national level seminar on 19 April, 2011 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka on the Findings of Social Audit of 20 districts on Health and Education Situation in Bangladesh.
Representatives of 45 networking districts of SUPRO, civil society organizations, Members of Parliament, Policy makers, Politicians, Journalists and other related stakeholders participated in the seminar where SUPRO national council member Madhab Chandra Dutta was as moderator and Shamima Akter Moonmoon delivered welcome speech. Uma Chowdhury, Director SUPRO gave the vote of thanks to all the participants in the seminar.

Muhammad Arif Robbani, Coordinator and Sara Zaman, Associate Coordinator SUPRO jointly presented the key note paper on the findings related primary health and education on which the discussants actively participated. Amongst the guest specially Khan Tipu Sultan MP and member of Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs parliamentarian standing committee, Md. Abdul Mannan, honorable former State Minister of Civil Aviation & Tourism, Principal Shah Alam, MP and member of Education Affairs parliamentarian standing committee, Nilufar Chowdhury Moni MP, Researcher Dr. Mohiuddin Ahmed and district representatives discussed on the issues highlighting the initiatives should be taken immediately to ensure health and education rights of the people. SUPRO Executive Board Member Manju Rani Pramanik, National Council Member Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Md. Matiur Rahman, M.A Salam, District Secretary Abdul Halim, Syeda Habiba, Moynul Ahsan Munna, Mominul Hossain Sohel, Sujit Kumar, Subrata Das were present in the seminar.

SUPRO’s Recommendations from the Seminar:

Health:

  • Community people should play active role to ensure transparency and accountability of government health services;
  • Human resources must be increased considering public demand;
  • Minimum 5% of GDP should be allocated in the national budget in heath sector;
  • Distribution of medicine should be ensured accordingly;
  • The privatization tendency of health should be stopped;
  • Doctors, nurses, administrative officials should be more punctual and committed to their duties;
  • Health services must be ensured as per citizen charter;
  • Citizen charter should be revised considering public demand;
  • Government should strengthen monitoring on the services.


Education:

  • School catchments area should be defined and at least one school should be established at each village;
  • Number of stipend should be increased; mid-day meal should be provided accordingly;
  • Within January of each year text books should be provided;
  • Teacher-Student ratio should be ensured as 1:30 at primary level;
  • Subject related teachers  should be recruited and trained up;
  • School Management committee should  play active role to ensure quality education;
  • Need-based infrastructure should be developed;
  • Privatization tendency of education should be stopped;
  • Government monitoring has to be strengthened.

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