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October 23, 2014

ICT can bring health services to the finger tips of the mass

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A day long consultation workshop jointly organized by HASAB and EATL to develop a strategy and operational procedures for implementing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based approach in dealing with SRHR & HIV issues was held at Spectra Convention Center located at Gulshan in the city on Wednesday.

“The government is working to develop the ICT aligning with connectivity to deliver and facilitate door steps service to the mass. I hope the workshop helps to achieve the goal of a digital Bangladesh. ICT ministry is working on e-health, e-education and e-commerce, including other sectors as the aim to solve the problems related to e-governance. The government eyes to develop applications on health issue,” ICT Division Additional Secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed said while addressing as chief guest at the event. “The ICT ministry has strong bondage with EATL to develop mobile based applications for all ministries and government agencies to smoothen the e-governance process. ICT can reach health services at mass’s finger tips,” added the Additional Secretary.

“The government is working to develop the ICT aligning with connectivity to deliver and facilitate door steps service to the mass. I hope the workshop helps to achieve the goal of a digital Bangladesh”

He appreciated HASAB and EATL for organizing this workshop and requested to deliver the outcomes of this program to all the stake holders. Earlier, HASAB Link-up Project Director Dr. Nazmus Sahar Sadiq made her welcoming speech, including a power point presentation on the overview of their activities with venerable group and explained how this project will involve sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) issues.

EATL Chief Executive Officer Dr Nizam Uddin Ahmed made a power point presentation on the situation analysis of ICT and its utilization in SRHR, HIV AIDS and health sector. He also stated that currently 12 crore people in Bangladesh use mobile phones which place the country in the 10th position globally in terms of mobile phone usage. Of the 7.1 billion people in the world, 6.8 billion use mobile phones. He also mentioned that 4 crore people of the country use the internet while 1 crore use Facebook.

Currently 12 crore people in Bangladesh use mobile phones which place the country in the 10th position globally in terms of mobile phone usage

“We will try to reach marginalized community with m-health service through the touch of technology. Hopefully people from all walks of the society will support us to achieve our goals together. We especially want to engage young minds, including street children, sex-workers and working children” EATL Managing Director M A Mubin Khan said.

HASAB Executive Director Dr. Amzad Ali, NASP Line Director Dr. Hossain Sarwar Khan also spoke at the event, among others. Participants in the workshop brought out some recommendations though a technical session on ICT gaps and needs for proving inputs and suggestions in strategy development.