Speakers on Tuesday said that Bangladesh has made a huge progress in curbing high population growth compared to the neighboring countries since independence.
Family planning programme through long and short term birth control services has been playing a crucial role in checking rapid population growth, cutting maternal and child mortality and ending early marriage, they said at a roundtable styled ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’.
Bangla Daily Kaler Kantho and Marie Stopes Bangladesh arranged the event at the conference room of East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) in the capital’s Bashundhara Residential Area.
The programme was co-sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy, Shushilan, Phulki, Nirapod and BAPSA.
Speaking as the chief guest, Director General of Directorate General of Family Planning Dr. Kazi Mustafa Sarwar (additional secretary) said, “Our prime minister received United Nations award for reducing child mortality rate nearly by two-thirds and Global Women’s Leadership award for her outstanding contribution to empowering women.”
He said that his department has planned to bring all women under family planning and ensure their better access to health service.
“Our department singed two memorandums of understanding with BGMEA and BKMEA so that 4.5 million female ready-made garment workers can receive heath facilities,” he said.
Speakers at the programme said a child must enjoy his fundamental rights which are impossible if number of children is more than two. And a mother has the right to make their own decision, which is often overlooked in the male-dominated society, they said.
They underscored the need for disseminating physical education among adolescents and incorporating sexual and reproductive health education into textbooks.
Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milon conducted the roundtable. Executive editor Mostofa Kamal was also present on the occasion.