Global Health News: Children in slums get an education

Young children in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh are getting an early start on education. While the slums in Dhaka are generally characterized as dingy and sad, the people and especially children bring life to the city. The children begin school at age 4, and are placed into government primary schools when they complete pre-primary school. The parents of these children are mostly day laborers, and are often deprived of the basic rights to proper health and hygiene, nutritious food, and education. UNICEF,B, as well as BRAC work constantly to secure proper education for these children.

© UNICEF/BANA2013-00707/Ahsan Khan

© UNICEF/BANA2013-00707/Ahsan Khan

“The children of pre-primary slum schools are smart and confident and are also good performers at school. They can easily adapt to their environment and are always eager to learn” – Fatema Yasmin, Senior Branch Member, BRAC pre-primary education

Find out more here: http://www.unicef.org/bangladesh/media_8276.htm

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Team Visits Bangladesh

On March 14th, 2011 Ray, Somen, and Delia attended the 13th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON XIII) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While there, the team also met with GHS Members Drs. Alam, Tahmeed, and Malay Mridha of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh to discuss ongoing development of our super-ORS project.
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GHS Member Dr. Sheikh Selim Travels to Bangladesh

GHS member Dr. Sheikh Selim visited Bangladesh and gave several special seminars on GHS and our current projects. On February 23rd, 2011, Dr. Selim spoke at the Directorate of Bangladesh Livestock Services, Dhaka, Bangladesh to an audience of professionals in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry of the Government of Bangladesh, members of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and members of the private sector. Also, on February 24th, Dr. Selim spoke at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh to Veterinary Science faculty and students. We would like to thank Dr. Selim very much for his generous representation of GHS abroad.

GHS Officially Partners with the Government of Bangladesh’s Disease Control Unit (DCU) and the Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh (IACIB)

On November 23, 2010, the Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics signed two separate Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Disease Control Unit (DCU) under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh and the Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Bangladesh (IACIB) for the trials and collaborative work on rabies and other projects.

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