On July 11, 2018 CARE Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar Field Office observed World Population Day along with Government Administrations and the Health and Family Planning Department. CARE Bangladesh celebrated the day by participating and delivering speeches at a conference that was organized at the DC’s conference hall to commemorate the event.
In 1989, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) established July 11th as World Population Day to seek concentration on the immediacy and importance of the population problem. This year UNFPA, celebrated this day with the theme, ‘’Family Planning is a Human Right.’’ Observing the World Population Day provided us with an opportunity to reflect on the population dynamics of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with a land area of 1, 47,570 square kilometers and a vast population of over 160 Million. Population is considered as an asset but for a small country like Bangladesh, it has become a bane rather than a boon.
“Population control is the priority of the Family Planning Department, especially in the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) camps. We have to start the outreach activities in the camps similar to what CARE is doing to increase family planning clients.”- Dr. Pintu Kanti Bhattacharjee, DDFP, Cox’s Bazar.
At the conference, we shared our Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) activities, the outreach and planned Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) activities in the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) camps. CARE has been working with the district administration and Deputy Director Family Planning (DDFP) to develop the Eligible Couple Registrar Database (ECRD) for all the 36 camps.
“CARE with its partner organization FDSR is happy for the opportunity to work with the district administration and DDFP to establish a couple register database in the FDMN camps. We would be happy to get the DDFP to implement LARC in the camps. We are happy to be a part of the celebration of the World Population Day”- Dr. Nazmul Hassan, Project Coordinator, SRH & CMAM, CARE Bangladesh.
The event was a great success with active participation from both CARE and the government officials. CARE actively participated in a rally that was organized to mark the event and distributed t-shirts to the participants. We hope that through commemorating such events, CARE will be able to bring issues that matter to the right thought leaders and decision makers.