Bangladesh towards attaining SDGs: Nasim

DHAKA, Jan 18, 2018 (BN) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim yesterday said Bangladesh was towards attaining the health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), repeating its success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The remarkable progress in achieving MDG related health outcomes in Bangladesh created the stage from where the country is now ambitiously looking towards attaining the SDGs including Universal Health Coverage and end to inequality in health care,” he said.

He said this while presiding over a session titled, ‘Addressing Inequality and Ensuring Health for All’ at The Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) at a city hotel.

Secretary (health service division) of the ministry M Serajul Huq Khan, Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division Faiz Ahmed, Country Director of Global Affairs Canada Director of Bangladesh Development Programme Janet Durno were present, among others.

Joint Chief of Health Service Division R A E M Muhiuddin Osmani presented the thematic paper.

Nasim said, “Over the last five years, national budget increased on an average by 16 per cent per year and the Health, Population and Nutrition sector (HPNS) budget also increased at about the same rate.”

“HPN budget had been increasing steadily every year”, he said adding, “HPN budget in terms of Taka in FY 2016-17 increased by more than 100 per cent compared to that of FY 2011-12.”

In the thematic paper, Dr Osmani said, total financial requirement for the 4th HPNS programme up to June 20122 has been estimated as USD 14.7 billion where the government contribution would be 84 per cent.

He highlighted the challenges of improving overall nutritional situation including underweight and wasting, improving facility readiness and utilizing full capacity of the existing and upgraded public facilities at all levels, improving service quality, standardization of the government approved health workforce strategy.

The two-day Bangladesh Development Forum 2018 began in the capital today mainly focusing on the review of the 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) alongside sharing the country’s challenges and way forward on SDGs with the development partners.

The main objectives of the BDF 2018 are to review the ongoing 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) and also to share with the development partners the challenges and way forward towards attaining the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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