Dhaka, Banlgadesh – PPD in collaboration with the MOHFW and DGFP, Government of Bangladesh organized a 2-days residential training workshop for Senior Government Officials including the National Taskforce (NTF) members for South South Cooperation to validate the country profile conducted by ICDDRB. This activity was a part of the Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP) activities that was funded by UKAID and implemented in Bangladesh by PPD, ICDDRB, Population Council and Marie Stopes International. The workshop was to build capacity of decision makers in using evidence based research for improved policy and programming. The workshop was held at BCDM, Rajendrapur, Gazipur from 22-23 June 2013. The objectives of the workshop were to:
- provide an update about STEP-UP project and Bangladesh country profile research
- review and provide inputs for the finalization of the Bangladesh country profile conducted by ICDDR,B
- identify key policy, advocacy and program issues from the Bangladesh-Country Profile and
- define priority advocacy plans with key audiences to best address the identified policy and program issues to inform programming in Bangladesh
The expected outcome of the workshop were
- Participants oriented on research evidence uptake for decision making in policy formulation and programming.
- Key policy advocacy and programmatic issues identified from Bangladesh Country Profile
- Defined advocacy plan and key target audience for the Bangladesh Country Profile research evidence uptake
Dr. Halida moderates the training session at the workshop
Government officials from MoHFW, DGFP, MoCW, ICMH and NIPORT and senior experts from STEP-UP implementing partners specially from Population Council, ICDDRB and Marie Stopes were attended the residential workshop. The 2 days workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Bikash Kishore Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Govt. of Bangladesh and moderated by Dr. Halida H. Akhter, Chief of Party of NHSDP and Country Representative Pathfinder International, Bangladesh.