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Experts have said taking preventive measures is crucial during the pregnancy period to reduce the risks of disability. "Parenting education can go a long way to ensure early childhood development," they added. The experts were speaking at the policy dialogue "Reducing disability risk through parenting education" organised by Plan International Bangladesh Thursday at a Dhaka hotel ahead of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities to be held on December 3. Read: Experts for inclusive insurance, risk financing for all Syed Mamunul Alam, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, said: "Bangladesh is moving towards becoming a developing country. The government alone cannot meet all the criteria. Reducing the risk of disability and promoting parenting education to ensure early childhood development is not anyone's alone job. It's all of our duty." Dr Md Manjur Hossain, programme manager (A&RH) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said: "We have to develop a maternal-friendly environment to ensure safe childbirth." Emphasising the need of prioritising family planning for parents, he said, the government is working to ensure safe maternal health. "Education and the educational sector are crucial to raising awareness among the community people." Read: Experts urge government to turn DSE into public university The speakers at the programme called for policy interventions and widespread awareness-raising initiatives to reach the household levels, engaging parents, and potential parents to learn about parenting education and identifying the risks and signs of disability.
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) on Thursday urged the government to reform rape laws, enact witness protection laws, and complete investigations and trial in a timely manner.