Training on preparation of sanitary pads and improvement of youth friendly health services held in Rangamati

In Rangamati, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) has organized a five-day Training of Trainers (TOT) on Reusable Sanitary Pad Making and SRHR – GBV (AAAQ) training for service providers and Gender Focal Points from 19th -23th September 2021 in collaboration with ten implementing organizations (CSO) in 3 hill districts in the conference room of Motel George.

The training program started on 19 September 2021 at 9 am. Honourable Member of CHT Regional Council Gautam Kumar Chakma was present at the inauguration session of the project titled “Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures,” funded by the EU and technically supported by Simavi Netherlands. Project Manager Sanjoy Majumder presented a welcome speech in the facilitation of Nasrin Begum, Capacity Building Coordinator of BNPS.

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On the 1st day, Rimi Chakma, Master Trainer of BNPS, conducted a practical session on preparing reusable sanitary pads. Sanjoy Majumder, Nasrin Begum, and Mahbuba Haque Kumkum, Program Manager of Simavi Bangladesh, conducted the training from day 2 to 5.

Women’s rights activist and development expert Tuku Talukder, Advocate Susmita Chakma, and Deputy Director of the Department of Women’s Affairs Hosne Ara Begum was present as resource persons in different training phases. Shefalika Tripura, Executive Director, Khagrapur Mahila Kalyan Samity, Daw Nai Prue Naly, Executive Director, Ananya Kallyan Sanghathon, and Sucharita Chakma, Executive Director, Progressive, conducted the sessions on effective ways to prevent and dealing experience of violence against women.

In the session, the facilitators discussed youth-friendly health care services for the project’s beneficiaries in the context of the CHT region and various services available at the government level to reduce the incidence of violence against women. At the community level, the rights of the service recipient as a citizen and the responsibilities of the service provider are also discussed in detail. In addition, group work and participatory discussions have been held on ensuring quality and available service delivery as per the AAAQ framework by involving service providers in various levels of project activities. Through multiple activities in training, different action plans have been formulated on effective ways to build a mutually supportive and responsible relationship between the service recipient and the service provider.

Anwarul Azim, Deputy Director, Family Planning, was present at the closing ceremony of the 5-day program (September 23) with facilitation by Rimi Chakma. The five-day training program was attended by trainers and project coordinators of 10 implementing partner organizations (CSO) from three hill districts, including officials of various levels of BNPS & Simavi.

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