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DFID seeks coordination in health

coordination in healthThe UK development agency, DFID, is seeking to strengthen coordination between different health service providers in Bangladesh to protect the poorest from unacceptable healthcare expenses.
Country Representative Sarah Cooke on Wednesday said the poorest families “must not have to choose between losing all their hard-earned savings risking livelihoods, and losing a family member who can be cured. ”

At least 5 percent of Bangladesh’s population slip into poverty every year after having to bear unacceptable medicare expenses.

The DFID Chief was visiting joint USAID and DFID health programmes in the port city of Chittagong along with the US development agency’s deputy mission director Paul Sabatine.

Cooke said their efforts to strengthen the coordination between different health service providers was aimed at creating “an effective referral system for patients”.

“It is important that they receive the right health care from the right provider, from community outreach services to comprehensive maternal care”.

She said through their urban health program and contribution to the NGO health service delivery project, “we want to protect the poorest in Bangladesh from catastrophic health costs”.

During the visit, they observed Smiling Sun’s static and a satellite clinic service delivery for local people and interacted with service providers.

The DFID chief said Smiling Sun clinics were an important part of the UK’s effort in the health sector.

The two major development partners earlier this year joined hands in the health sector through the Smiling Sun network of health clinics.

Under this partnership, DFID provided an additional $29 million to USAID’s five-year $54 million NGO Health Service Delivery Project.

Through the project, the USAID said, the Smiling Sun clinics are able to reach several million additional people by providing basic health services that focus on improving women’s and children’s health in urban areas.

Smiling Sun clinics provide essential healthcare services to the poorest people in Bangladesh through a network of 26 NGOs, 334 clinic locations and more than 6,666 community health workers.

With its nationwide network, the Smiling Sun clinics provide integrated family planning and health service coverage to 23 million people in both urban and rural areas.

Bangladesh, Belarus Relation – Opens New Friendship corridor

Bangladesh Belarus  Relation

Bangladesh and Belarus Monday signed a dozen of deals and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in a number of areas, including business and investment, agriculture, education, and science and technology, reports BSS. Representatives of the two countries signed seven … read more

Bangladesh and China : Full use of ties can boost development

Akbar Ali Khan, former advisor

If Bangladesh and China can fully utilise their friendship, then both the countries will benefit in all sectors, including economy and culture, said speakers at a seminar yesterday. Speakers were addressing the seminar titled “Rise of China and Sino Bangla … read more

Bangladesh promises better future for next generation: survey

survey-future for next generation

The majority of the Bangladeshis are optimistic of their children’s economic future thanks to the steady economic growth the country has seen, a recent study found. Around 71 percent of the respondents in the survey conducted by the Washington-based “fact … read more

Home textile exports slump

home Textile

European Union GSP facility for Pakistan, appreciation of the local currency against the US dollar and recent political turmoil are counted as major factors blocking the growth of country’s potential home-textile exports. Industry-insiders listed out these impediments as the export … read more

Bangladesh ‘wildly adopting’ technology: Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bangladesh was a shining example of digital technology used for delivering financial services to the poor, Bill Gates has said. In a keynote address at Sibos, a banking-industry conference in Boston, the IT mogul described the Bangladesh experience as ‘wild … read more

Bay of Bengal more secure with US Collabration

Bay of Bengal “more secure”,

Bangladeshi and American maritime partnership has made the Bay of Bengal “more secure”, the US ambassador in Dhaka has said. Dan Mozena on Tuesday said Bangladesh could slash piracy at the Bay of Bengal by 70 percent, an achievement that … read more

British Islamic State suspect arrested in Bangladesh

Samiun-Rahman_British Islamic State suspect

Detectives in Bangladesh say they have uncovered a British-led Isil recruitment cell in the capital Dhaka. A British Muslim convert has been arrested in Bangladesh on suspicion of recruiting volunteers to fight with Islamic State jihadists in Syria. Samiun Rahman, … read more

Bangladesh Court Commutes Death Sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee

for Delwar Hossain Sayedee

Delwar Hossain Sayedee Denied Playing Role in Atrocities During Country’s War for Liberation. A Bangladeshi court commuted the death sentence of a senior opposition politician convicted of war crimes to life in prison Wednesday, sparking clashes in the capital. An … read more