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.

Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) and MDF Training & Consultancy, Bangladesh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 April 2018 in Dhaka as both have agreed to work together as Strategic Partners.  This is a beginning of Strategic Partnership between DRRA and MDF with a common goal of mutual benefits of organizational development, expanding scope of work with collaboration and to create a social impact to establish rights of the persons with disabilities in Bangladesh with a new dynamism.

With the theme 'All Children Are Welcome to School, Including Children with Disability`, eight thousand students, with disabilities and without disabilities, of 29 schools in Bangladesh, rang the bell at a time for a minute between 12:00-12:01. Thus they created the attention to the policy makers and others, who are in a position to eliminate the barriers that prevent children with disabilities (CwD) from going to school. In line with the 'We Ring the Bell' programme, a global campaign of education pioneered by Lilliane Fonds, an organization based in the Netherland, this extra-ordinary campaign is organized in Bangladesh by its strategic partner Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) and its 19 partner organizations.

Children got together in school premises and created attention to the policy makers and other through making noise by ringing bells, drums, sirens, flute, whistle, dish-spoon etc. Along with students, parents, teachers, school committee members, educational officials, political leaders, civil society personnel, religious leaders, NGOs, local Government & local Administrative official, polices and journalists were also participated in the events.

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