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Regional workshop on helping babies survive begins in city
Published : Thursday, 9 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 123

Staff Correspondent
A five-day regional workshop relating to newborn care training kicked off in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The event titled "Asia Regional Helping Babies Survive (HBS) Workshop" is held as part of efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. It will continue till April 13.
Over 100 delegates from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Yemen are attending the workshop.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), USAID, UNICEF, Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance (S&T GDA), Laerdal Global Health Foundation, USAID's Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project (ASSIST) and USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) in collaboration with WHO, are hosting the regional workshop aimed at "Helping Babies Survive".  "Helping Babies Survive" (HBS) is a series of competency-based newborn care training modules developed by a group of international neonatologists in collaboration with selected partners under the auspices of the Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance (S&T GDA).
Secretary of MoHFW, Syed Monjurul Islam, was present as Chief Guest. Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary, MoHFW chaired the session. Among others, Md Nur Hossain Talukder, Director General of the Directorate General of Family Planning, Prof.Dr.Deen Mohd. NoorulHuq, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services, Melissa Jones, Director of Office of Population, Health, Nutrition and Education, USAID, Edouard Beigbeder, Country Representative of UNICEF and Dr.Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, WHO Representative, were present as special guests.
The conduct of Asia Regional HBS Workshop demonstrates a high-level of commitment of the government of Bangladesh towards reducing newborn mortality and preventing child and maternal deaths in the country.  Syed Monjurul Islam reiterated the government's commitment to accelerate the implementation of the high impact newborn health interventions, which are already included in the Bangladesh Every Newborn Action Plan.

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