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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Eventually, the Sun rises melting away the faded white of the mist. When almost entire population are shadowed by NCD risk factors, like the Sun shine in the morning,  NCD unit of Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh came out early today to break the shackle of NCDs with evidence based

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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Eventually, the Sun rises melting away the faded white of the mist. When almost entire population are shadowed by NCD risk factors, like the Sun shine in the morning,  NCD unit of Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh came out early today to break the shackle of NCDs with evidence based action planning.

With the technical assistance from World Health Organisation, a daylong workshop on “Translation of evidences to policy formulation for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh” was inaugurated in Surma Conference Room, Hotel Sonargaon in the morning today. The purpose of the national workshop was to identify the key messages for policy makers from the evidence generated within the country, identifying the opportunity and challenges as well as the need for further evidence to promote multi-sectoral response to NCD and to develop Operational road map to achieve the targets.

Prof. Dr. Md. Shefayetullah, Director General, Directorate General of Health & Family Welfare chaired the inaugural ceremony which was graced by the Chief Guest Honorable Minister, Dr. A.F.M. Ruhal Haque, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and GOB.

The program started with the aspiring welcome speech by Dr. A.K.M. Jafar Ullah, Deputy Program Manager, Non communicable Disease Control (NCDC) Unit, Directorate General of Health Services. Dr. M. Mostafa Zaman, National Professional Officer, NCD Unit, WHO then briefed the overall goal and specific objectives on the workshop.

Later, the podium guests unleash “Super Brands of NCDs in Bangladesh” a comprehensive compilation of organizations working for prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Bangladesh. This is country’s  first ever publication of this kind successfully compiled by the NCDC unit of the Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh.

Eminence proudly established itself among the Super brands who are working against NCDs in Bangladesh. Currently Eminence is implementing a community based lifestyle modification intervention along with adherence to medicines among diagnosed NCD patients for delay of NCD complications. This project is being implemented among populations living with middle-income families. The intervention has three channels-  i) Satellite Clinic, ii) Health Education and iii) Home visit. Eminence has the monthly household level NCD information from registered patients since 2006.

The project is being implemented within an urban context in Mirpur area of Dhaka among a 10000 population. Along with the community based NCD project, Eminence is also operating a slum-based NCD prevention project, which is basically a health education project by which Eminence aims to prevent NCDs among the slum population. The intervention has two channels, i) Satellite Clinic and ii) Health Education. This project is being executed in a very densely populated slum in Mirpur area of Dhaka. Eminence believes that one of the main avenues of preventing is through sensitizing worksites of Bangladesh. Thus Eminence is also researching different population groups. It is conducting “Workplace based Health Camp” in top level worksites where the Eminence team identifies and collects information about cardiac diseases precursors from officials working in corporate houses.

The inauguration program was attended by more than 60 stakeholders from health and non-health sectors like inter government institutes, different ministries, WHO collaborating centers, research and academic institutes and NGOs. The zeal of the participants ignites the hope that the NCD situation of the country will ameliorate surely in the forthcoming days.

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