A team comprising of senior-level health officials led by Professor Dr. Abul Hashem Khan, Line Director, Community-Based Health Care (CBHC) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) recently visited 2 community clinics supported under CARE’s SDC-Shomoshti project in Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts in Bangladesh from September 14 to 15. During the visit, officials met with the members of Community Support Group (CSG) and Community Group (CG) and they came to learn about different developments took place due to project interventions.
Support and facilitation extended through project interventions enabled members of the Community Support Group (CSG) and Community Group (CG) complete a number of activities including establishment of shed for patients, development of the catchment area map, regularization of the meetings of different committees, establishment of the breast feeding corner and construction of the boundary wall. Earlier, SDC-Shomoshti project introduced a tool, namely Community Score Card (CSC) to identify the existing gaps in the facility and to plan accordingly.
On behalf of the project, Program Manager shared the facilitation process. It was possible to develop capacity of the Social Change Agents (SCA) that ultimately contributed towards delivering quality health services. Deputy Director-CBHC, Dr. Sahadeb Chandra Rajbanshi, Divisional Health Director in Rangpur Dr. Mostafa Khaled, Civil Surgeon of Dinajpur Dr. Md. Abdul Kuddus, UH&FPO of Phulbari Dr. Nurul Islam, UH&FPO of Saidpur Dr. Mir Hossain attended the events and contributed during different discussion sessions.
With the financial support from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), CARE Bangladesh is supporting 180,000 rural households under the SDC-Shomosti project.