Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC) organized a national event in Dhaka on September 23rd, 2021, to unveil a special publication on “BNNC: Towards Improved Nutrition,” highlighting the overall nutritional improvement since independence along with the national launching of Online Monitoring System for National and Sub-national level. The Online Monitoring System has been developed by the Joint Action for Nutrition Outcome (JANO) project. JANO is funded by the European Union (EU) and co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and being implemented by CARE Bangladesh, Plan International Bangladesh, and ESDO. This online platform will enable the multi-sectoral stakeholders to use the system for better information flow and nutrition planning by District and Upazilla Nutrition Coordination Committees (DNCC & UNCC).
Zahid Maleque, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, attended the event as Chief Guest, and unveiled the Special Publication and launched the Digital Monitoring System. Lokman Hossain Mia, Senior Secretary, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, attended the event as the Chairperson, expressed his gratitude to BNNC and all connected partners, and shared his willingness to be with any future endeavors.
Dr. Md. Khalilur Rahman, Director General, BNNC, delivered the welcome speech and shared a brief presentation on the achievements of BNNC. At the event, the ‘Digital Monitoring System’ was presented by Dr. Akhter Imam, Deputy Director, BNNC. Dr. Khainoor Zahan, Deputy Director, BNNC, also delivered a presentation on “Nutrition in Making the Vision 2041”
Prof. Dr. Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, emphasized on working in an inclusive way to achieve SDG nutrition targets.
Along with other dignitaries, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Arslan, President, Shadhinota Chikitshok Parishad; Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Aziz, Secretary General, Shadhinota Chikitshok Parishad, Hans Lambrecht, First Secretary, Team Leader, Human Capital Development, European Union, John Warburton, Team Leader, Climate Change and Environment, FCDO, British High Commission, and Ms. Piyali Mustaphi, Chair, SUN UN Network attended the event as Special Guests and spoke on occasion.
Syed Mojibul Huq, Additional Secretary, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, conveyed a vote of thanks to all.
JANO project-CARE Bangladesh, CONCERN Bangladesh, SUCHANA Project- Save the Children, GAIN, UN agencies, EU, and NI/UKAID were the other partners who supported making the event successful.