The National Consultative Meeting on “Community Paramedics: A Skilled Healthcare Workforce in Rural Bangladesh” was organised by Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA) project of Swisscontact Bangladesh, at The Westin Dhaka on December 04, 2021.
Speakers said at the discussion meeting that public, private and NGOs combined effort should be established in a bid to achieve the government’s goal of Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Chief guest Ali Noor, Secretary for Medical Education and Family Welfare division to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, emphasized the importance of preventive healthcare and said: “The role of Community Paramedics in rural health service is essential to ensure the availability of quality primary healthcare services all across the country.” He has also emphasised on public-private collaboration to build an effective healthcare ecosystem in rural areas and monitoring the quality of the services.
The special guests further appreciated government’s efforts in monitoring the quality of the training institutes.
Directors and Line Directors of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare agencies, Dr. Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, President of Bangladesh Medical Association, Dr. Riad Mamun Prodhani, Managing Director and Country President of Novartis Bangladesh Ltd, and representatives of CPTIs were present in the meeting. Swisscontact Bangladesh was represented by Mujibul Hasan, Country Director, Bipasha Hossain, Dr. Zakir Hussain, and Dr. Zafar Ahmad Hakim, Senior Advisers, and Fazle Razik, team leader of ASTHA.