Children with a complex disability often experience difficulties like: reflux problem, feel pain, discomfort, breathing problem, obstruction, while eating up food, resulting grow fear in their mind in taking food and they avoid and reject food. When eating becomes a battle against will, parents also cannot win by forcing their children to eat. Force will only aggravate the problem and children may even choose to endanger their health.

To meet the parents’ utmost need, DRRA arranged two separate day long hand on trainings for parents on the problem in and techniques of feeding their children with complex difficulties. Held at Manikgonj on 3rd July 2018 and at Baridhara on 7th July 2018, trainings were facilitated by Rabeya Neela, Principal of DRRA  Amar Jyoti Badda Special School and  Antoinette Termoshuizen, founder of NIKETON FOUNDATION and Counselor of Education4all, who are also mothers of child with complex difficulties. Total  22 parents of 03 special Centres for children with disabilities of DRRA ( Antoinette Kendro, We Can and Ghior Centre) of Manikgonj and 23 parents from Special school at Baridhara participated that training. After the training they got a clear concept on physical or medical problems that causes feeding difficulty, understanding on refluxes and its remedy, technique of feeding in proper way, parents' rightly behavior during feeding, maintenance of hygiene and quality of food of their children. During the training they have learnt hand on skills of right positioning of feeding and demonstrated them. Parents were very spontaneous in learning with lot of their sharing.

In-house orientation held with 13 team members of DRRA for launching and using DHIS 2 for its Data Management. DRRA's Quality Assurance Unit arranges this orientation for concern staffs. The objectives of orientation was to introduce the team on DHIS-2 and how MIS and M&E integrated into the System. The team is oriented on the technical knowhow for data entry both online, offline and in the mobile as well as for download and share the data. A user Manual is also developed and introduced with the team.

A coordination committee meeting of the project titled promoting inclusive Health and Rehabilitation Services for persons With Disabilities (PIHRS), implemented by Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) was held on 28 June 2018 in the Conference Room of the Old Population Bhaban, Azimpur, Dhaka. Dr. A. E. Md. Muhiuddin Osmani, Joint Chief, MoHFW and Chairperson of the Coordination Committee presided over the meeting.

This is one of our achievements of advocacy work with Government. This attached circular from Line Director-Non Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) for giving preference of inclusion of person with disabilities in the mainstream health services.

Non Communicable Disease Control Program of DGHS and Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) organized a National Seminar titled "Defining Disability for Health Workforce in Bangladesh on June 26 2018 at the Conference Room of BRAC Center Inn,  Dhaka. Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, DG, DGHS was present as Chief Guest while Prof. AHM Enayet Hussain, ADG (Planning and Development), DGHS presided over the seminar and Prof. Dr. Nasima Sultana, ADG (Administration), DGHS spoke as special guest.

Prof. Dr. Nur Mohammad, Line Director, NCDC welcome participants and shared objectives of the seminar. Dr. Khaleda Islam, Former Director, Primary Health Care, DGHS, Ms. Farida Yesmin, ED, DRRA and Ms. Rifat Shahpar Khan, Independent Consultant presented their key notes in line with the title of the seminar. A large number medical professionals, NGO representatives, persons with disabilities and people from all walks of life attended the Seminar.

A Guideline has been developed: 'Defining Disability for Medical Doctors and PHC Workforce in Bangladesh' to create greater access of persons with disabilities to public health facilities.

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