Health Desk- 03 Sep, 2020: Speakers at an online dialogue urged the government and NGOs to work together to make sure emergency reproductive healthcare and family planning services for women and adolescents.
Marie Stopes Bangladesh and Team Associates on Tuesday organized the webinar titled on ‘Reproductive Health Services for Women and Adolescents in COVID-19: Perspective Bangladesh’.
Mashrurul Islam, country director of Marie Stopes Bangladesh said, due to the global pandemic, child and maternal mortality rate in low and middle-income countries is expected to increase in the coming days since coverage and access to family planning services might have been reduced by around 10 percent.
Member of Parliament Syeda Rubina Akhter said, ‘Community clinics have been activated across the country and field workers have been making door to door visits to provide services. Besides, maternity allowance is also being provided’.
Member of Parliament Gloria Jharna Sarkar said, ‘As a result of effective measures taken by the government, maternal mortality and infant mortality rates slowed down in the country’.
Manjun Nahar, focal person of Strengthening Family Planning Services through Advocacy initiative of Advance Family Planning (AFP) Media Advocacy; Jasmine Prema, chairperson of Samaj Kalyan Unnayan Shangstha (SKUS); SM Shaikat, executive director of SERAC-Bangladesh took part in the dialogue.