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Sheikh Hasina asked for global support in community health care

Taslima Jamal

The Prime Minister said, I call on our development partners, including multilateral funding agencies, to extend their helping hand to community-clinic healthcare in the developing world.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that community-based primary health care is the key to achieving universal health care. He called on development partners to support the efforts of developing countries to bring healthcare to all.

The Prime Minister said, I call on our development partners, including multilateral funding agencies, to extend their helping hand to community-clinic healthcare in the developing world.

He made this call at the plenary session of a high-level side-event titled ‘Sheikh Hasina Initiative of Community Clinics: Innovative Approach Achieving Universal Health Coverage Inclusive of Mental Health and Disability’ on the sidelines of the 78th session of UNGA at the UN Headquarters in New York.

We are encouraged by your presence as we take the oath this year to accelerate our collective work on sustainable development and universal health, the Prime Minister said.

He said, as an emerging voice of the Global South, Bangladesh will champion the issue as a potential avenue for meaningful international partnerships. Bangladesh is ready to exchange knowledge and expertise with interested parties. Health is the root of all happiness. We want to spread joy all around through community clinics.

Sheikh Hasina said, We hope this side event will be another sign of our common commitment to health, welfare of our people and community.

He said Community Clinic Health Support Trust Act was passed in Parliament in 2018. To facilitate its operations and funding procedures. Prime Minister outlines five priorities for community clinics to deliver healthcare at the grassroots level.

Sheikh Hasina said, community clinic is an idea which has stood the test of time in Bangladesh. It has now become an integral part of our primary healthcare system. The UN General Assembly has recognized this model as a best practice for the rest of the developing world.

At this time, Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) thematic ambassador Saima Wazed, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Health Minister Zahid Malek, Senior Foreign Secretary Masood Bin Momen, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Mohammad Salahuddin and Secretary of Health Care Department. Anwar Hossain Howladar was present.

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