Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) - The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and USAID on Tuesday pledged to deepen their partnership to end tuberculosis (TB) in Bangladesh noting that the country needs to detect and treat more than 1.5 million new TB cases over the next five years.
The signed new Statement of Partnership (SP) establishes a shared framework between the MoHFW and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis by 2022 through increasing case detection and treatment of TB in its all forms.
This partnership marks the latest example of USAID’s new model of partnership, the “Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis,” which aims to catalyze investments and aid countries across the world and meet the UN target of treating 40 million people by 2022, according to USAID.
The MoHFW reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to significantly reduce cases of TB by 2022.
USAID Mission Director Derrick Brown noted, “Today, by signing the Statement of Partnership, we at USAID recommit ourselves as a close partner of the Bangladesh government, as the country accelerates its efforts to achieve their targets by 2022.”
He said USAID Bangladesh will strongly collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in their mission of identifying, preventing, and treating all undetected forms of TB cases.
Bangladesh treated more than 2.5 million TB cases in 2018. However, almost 26 percent of cases remain undetected and the rate is even higher for the multi-drug resistant TB cases and child TB cases.
Through the signing of the partnership statement, USAID Bangladesh will be a technical partner of the Bangladesh government in their journey towards ending TB in Bangladesh.
USAID Bangladesh’s TB investments will focus on strengthening the laboratory and diagnostic services, detection and treatment of all forms of Tuberculosis, and preventive therapy.
The US government, through USAID, has provided more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971.
In 2018, USAID provided nearly $219 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resiliency to climate change.
Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) - Bangladesh has strongly condemned the attack on Abha International Airport of the Saudi Arabia by Houthis, leaving one dead and injuring several others.
“We’re concerned that such unprovoked acts undermine the security of the Kingdom and tend to adversely impact the peace and stability in the region,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday condemning the attack that took place on June 23.
While expressing sincere sympathy to the innocent victims of this attack, Bangladesh expresses its solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threat to its security and remains steadfastly committed towards regional efforts for maintenance of peace and stability, the ministry said.
A Syrian civilian was killed and 21 people were injured when Abha airport was struck by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement on Sunday evening, according to BBC report.
Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday sought China’s support to convince Myanmar to start taking back their nationals from Bangladesh at the earliest.
The Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladesh is ready to send back Rohingyas who are in the verified list.
He raised the issue when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister at his office.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine State.
The Chinese Ambassador briefed Foreign Minister Momen about his recent visit to Rohingya camp and underlined the importance of the strengthening communication channels between Bangladesh and Myanmar for finding solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Foreign Minister and Ambassador Zhang shared their views on the role Myanmar should play to create a congenial atmosphere so that Rohingyas feel secured for their repatriation and resettlement in Rakhine State, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
The Foreign Minister urged the Chinese envoy to redouble his efforts so that agreements and decisions reached at leaders’ summit in the past may be realised with speedy implementation process.
The Chinese Ambassador assured that he is taking all-out efforts for speedy implementation of cooperation projects.
Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) - International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) and Unesco on Tuesday launched two publications on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) under joint cooperation translated into Bangla language.
The publications are ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’ and ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gender.’
The launching ceremony was held at a city hotel during the sub-regional meeting for ICH Safeguarding in South Asia titled ‘ICH in Education: Towards a Joint Collaboration for Safeguarding ICH in Formal and Non-Formal Education’.
The three-day meeting, jointly organised by the ICHCAP and Unesco Dhaka Office, began on Monday and will end on Wednesday.
The brochure on ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’ highlights the significance of ICH for inclusive social development, environmental sustainability, inclusive economic development, peace and security.
The brochure ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gender’ highlights the mutual relationship between gender norms and ICH and emphasises that understanding the intimacy between ICH and gender is important for effective ICH safeguarding and gender equality.
In the launching ceremony, representatives from Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Gi Hyung Keum, Director-General of ICHCAP; representatives from South Asia region - Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; Beatrice Kaldun, Head of Unesco Dhaka Office and Unesco Representative to Bangladesh, and Unesco representatives from Bangkok and Nepal were present to celebrate the launching of these two informative brochures.
ICHCAP has been engaged in the multi-language publication project to promote public understanding of Unesco’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and translated and published the two Unesco brochures into 18 languages in the Asia-Pacific region, including Bhutanese, Dhivehi, Indonesian, Korean, Nepali, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Uzbek, Vietnamese, according to UN Information Centre, Dhaka.
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) - The Myanmar government’s shutdown of mobile data networks in nine townships could have serious implications for human rights and humanitarian monitoring in the conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin States, a UN expert warned on Monday.
“As there’s no media access and serious restrictions on humanitarian organisations in the conflict-affected area, the entire region is in a blackout,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.
She feared for all civilians there, cut off and without the necessary means to communicate with people inside and outside the area.
Recent reports allege violations of human rights and international humanitarian law to have been committed against the civilian population by both parties to the conflict in the last six months, according to a message received here from Geneva.
On June 20, the Ministry of Transport and Communications issued an order to all mobile network providers under the Telecommunications Law 2013 to temporarily stop mobile internet services.
The ministry cited disturbances to the peace and internet services being used to coordinate illegal activities for the shutdown.
There are credible reports that on June 19, the Myanmar Military (Tatmadaw) conducted helicopter attacks in Minbya Township in central Rakhine.
The following day, the Arakan Army fired on a navy ship in Sittwe, killing and injuring several soldiers.
“I’m told that the Tatmadaw is now conducting a ‘clearance operation’, which we all know by now can be a cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,” the UN expert said.
“We must not forget that these are the same security forces that have so far avoided accountability for the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State less than two years ago.”
The conflict between the Arakan Army and the Tatmadaw has been ongoing since late 2018, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.
Over 35,000 civilians have been displaced and dozens of civilians, including children, have been killed and injured by both indiscriminate and targeted attacks. Others, mainly ethnic Rakhine men, have died while in the military’s custody.
“I call on the (Myanmar) government to reverse its decision to impose the mobile internet ban,” Lee said.
“Both parties to the conflict must ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected at all times and uphold international humanitarian law. The restrictions on the media and humanitarian organisations must be lifted immediately.”