CARE Bangladesh’s JANO project organized a workshop titled Strengthening Multi-sectoral Collaboration for Nutrition Outcome at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 25, 2018. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dr. Md. Shah Nawaz, Director General, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen support and collaboration from different government ministries and departments, private sector and civil society organizations during implementation of JANO in alignment with Bangladesh Government’s National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN-2). Mr. Zia Choudhury, Country Director of CARE Bangladesh was present at the event.
“We need to strengthen our efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. We need to conquer more successes in the fields of nutrition. A coordinated effort is a must to reach that goal”, said Mr. Zia Choudhury, Country Director, CARE Bangladesh during the welcome speech in the workshop.
Funded by the European Union and in partnership with Plan International and Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO), CARE Bangladesh will be implementing this 5 year (2018-2023) project in in 7 Upazilas in Rangpur and Nilphamari districts of Bangladesh to contribute to improving the overall nutrition situation following NPAN - 2 of Bangladesh. JANO will create secured access to information, and strengthened services for 4.3 million people, including 250,000 pregnant and lactating women and married adolescent girls, and 215,000 children under five years of age. It will also provide knowledge and training on health and nutrition practices including construction of model gardens engaging students in 330 selected primary and secondary schools.
Ms. Tania Sharmin, Senior Team Leader, JANO project, CARE Bangladesh, presented the objective and implementation plan of the project. She said, “Under this program, 410,620 children of the country will be given the knowledge and training related to nutritious diet, health awareness and balanced dietary requirements for proper health.”
Bangladesh today is standing at the edge of opportunity and development. The dream to become a developed country from a developing country is not very away from being fulfilled. To become a developed country, we must achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The third goal of the SDG is to ensure good health and well-being of the public. To achieve the goal of health and well-being, the country must prevent the causes of malnutrition and raise awareness about health, safety and nutrition. JANO project’s objectives align completely with this SDG goal.
“These kind of initiatives help to initiate a joint force to achieve sustainable development goals of Bangladesh, “said Mr. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the event.
Other notable participants from the event include, Directors from Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Department of Agricultural Extensions (DAE), Secondary Education, Access to Information (A2i), Institute of Public Health & Nutrition (IPHN), Directorate of Primary Education, Deputy Secretary-Education, Executive Director-Right to Food, General Managers from private sectors and other divisional and district level officials from government and private sectors who enriched the workshop with their active participation and valuable contributions.