As part of the national HIV prevention programme, CARE Bangladesh implements Harm Reduction Programme for People Who Inject Drug (PWID) with technical guidance from Save the Children (as Principal Recipient), and AIDS and STD Programme, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). This project has been providing uninterrupted harm reduction services, even during the ongoing fight against COVID-19. To observe the field activity and encourage the frontline service providers, a team of high officials from CARE Bangladesh and Save the Children visited the Nayabazar Comprehensive Drop- in-Center on 9 August 2021.
Onno Van Manen, Country Director, Save the Children, was accompanied by Dr. Ikhtiar Uddin Khandaker, Director, Health, CARE Bangladesh, Reefat Bin Sattar, Director, Programme Development and Quality, Dr. Umme Salam Jahan Meena, COP, MaMoni Project, Dr. Lima Rahman, COP, HIV/AIDS programme of Save the Children and other distinguished guests.
A presentation on current HIV scenario, projects components, challenges, and COVID-19 response was given by Akhtar Jahan, Team Leader, PWID project, followed by a discussion session on service delivery and its associated challenges. Honorable guests spontaneously looked around CDIC thoroughly and asked questions to get a clear idea about the overall activities. They also enriched the event by sharing their insightful comments and suggestions to improve the service. They ended the visit by going to a drug injecting and selling spot to talk to outreach workers and PWID to learn about field level challenges.
“Many thanks for a warm welcome and an excellent program. The team is very knowledgeable and dedicated. They really show a lot of commitment and empathy to their clients with their smart way of cooperation and teamwork. Also, the innovation and dedication displayed by the team to continue the services during COVID lockdown is admirable. Great job, keep it up!”
Onno Van Manen, Country Director, Save the Children