Health Desk: 17th Nov’18: The fourth People's Health Assembly began at Brac-CDM in Savar outside the capital on Friday to create health awareness among people.
With the theme “Health for All Now”, the Bangladesh chapter of People's Health Movement -- a global network of grassroots health activists, civil society organisations and academic institutions -- organised the four-day programme.
National Professor Brig (retd) Abdul Malik was present as the chief guest during the inaugural session chaired by Brac Chairman Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.
Hossain Zillur Rahman, former adviser to a caretaker government; and Fran Baum from Australia were present as special guests.
Abdul Malik, in his speech, said with the development of science and technology people's lifestyle has changed.
However, such a change is affecting human health due to excessive use of smart phone, environmental pollution, and climate change, he said.
Citing a recent WHO report, he said, 67 percent of people die from non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh.
In his speech, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed said political initiative is very important to ensure public healthcare.
Around 1,500 representatives from 80 countries including the USA, Australia, UK, Brazil, India and Japan took part in the event that will continue till Monday.
Mentionable, the assembly was scheduled to begin on November 15 at Gonoshasthaya Kendra's PHA Bhaban in Savar but due to security reasons the venue was changed.