Health care professionals (HCPs) and their role in achieving MDGs 4 & 5: Multi-country workshops

2008: Bangladesh


Panel discussion at the Bangladesh workshop
Samuel Hla Myanmar Pediatric Association, Sayeba Akhter OBGYN Society of Bangladesh, Hiralal Konar Federation of OBGYNs India, Abdul Hannan Bangladesh Pediatric Association, Halima Khalil Midwifery Association of Afghanistan

22-25 November 2008 | DHAKA, BANGLADESH - More than 65 health care professionals (HCP) in Asia have been challenged to work together help save maternal and child lives and therefore achieve MDGs 4 & 5.

The challenge took place at a workshop organized for HCP's in the region and their associations: "The role of health care professionals in achieving MDGs 4 and 5". "We need greater partnership among paediatricians, midwives, gynaecologists, pharmacists, nurses, media and others to reduce child and maternal deaths drastically," said Professor Zulfikar Ali Bhutta of Aga Khan University, Pakistan at the opening ceremony.

The workshop was attended by representatives of HCP Associations, ministries of health and donor and international agencies from eight countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. Participants tackled the role of health care professionals in advocacy, planning, quality improvement, human resources as well as the organizational strengthening of associations, shared their insights on the optimal role of HCPAs in these areas and drafted country action plans based on an analysis of their needs and their resources.