Dhaka, Bangladesh — The third consultative meeting of the Project “Raising Voices from the South for Integration of Human Rights Based Approach to Maternal Health” was held at the National Press Club auditorium in Dhaka on 6th December, 2012. Over 60 local journalists of both print and electronic media, and beneficiaries’ representatives (Mothers from the rural Bangladesh) and Public sector service providers (Birth Attendants) attended the meeting. The objectives of meeting were to orient and build awareness of the journalists on Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to maternal health and request them to disseminate the appeal for integrating HRBA in maternal health programs and increase budgetary allocation for maternal health in Bangladesh.
Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director of PPD
briefing the journalists
The consultative meeting generated fruitful discussion; where the journalists and birth-attendants made recommendations on integrating HRBA in maternal health programs in Bangladesh; e.g. preventing early marriage, education for woman, prevention of dowry related and acid violence, ensuring timely access to health care during pregnancy and birth spacing. Dr. Joe Thomas, Executive Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) reiterated the importance of HRBA to ensure maternal health services, and he requested the journalists to disseminate the key messages of the meeting e.g. to increase allocation of resources in national budget for maternal health.
PPD is working in partnership with a local NGO called DRRA to implement the project “Raising Voices from the South for Integration of Human Rights Based Approach to Maternal Health” funded by the World Bank. PPD is managing the implementation of the multi-country project in Bangladesh, Senegal and Uganda.