Bangladesh established an Urban Health network around 2009, and different policy development and advocacies began, and in 2015, Eminence organized the 12th international conference for urban health, in Dhaka Bangladesh. This conference included local government and joint health ministry support. There were 450 international participants at the conference. Dhaka’s statement for Urban Health was developed in response to this conference. This was a global advocacy tool. USAID and European DFID helped to organize this conference.
Advocacy of double burden of Malnutrition
After its inception, Eminence conducted a baseline survey of the Integrated Nutrition Program (INP) in 2004 for Plan International. When we began analyzing the data, we noticed there was a high number of overweight women in the rural areas. The report included the existing underweight and overweight among the women of the INP implementation areas of the Northern side of Bangladesh. This was the first time Bangladesh found a report to address the double burden of malnutrition. After its dissemination, HKI and ICDDRB reanalyzed their existing data, to find the same existing trend of malnutrition. Our INP survey was a change-maker in the world of nutrition for Bangladesh.
NCDs in USAID’s agenda
A Common Platform for Non-Communicable Diseases
Urban Health Network
We have always worked to introduce effective change, such as planning activities in the development selector. Eminence may be one of the first organizations to take advantage of social media. We create opportunities for home-based work and allow working mothers to bring in their young children to work. We have babysitting facilities on-site, that allow for working mothers to remain in their field while having the safety of their children cared for at the same location. In 2004, we are one of the first community-based NCD-based program services available.