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BGMEA, GAIN team up to improve RMG workers’ health

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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BGMEA, GAIN team up to improve RMG workers’ health

BGMEA has partnered with a Switzerland-based international organisation GAIN to improve the health status of the ready made garment (RMG) workers in Bangladesh through providing nutrition food services and micronutrient supplements.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard on Wednesday.

Faruque Hassan, President of the BGMEA, and Dr. Rudaba Khondker, Country Director of the GAIN, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides at BGMEA office in Dhaka.

Mohammad Monower Hossain, joint secretary of BGMEA, Moniruzzaman Bipul, Portfolio Lead, Drivers of Food Systems Change of GAIN, and G.M. Reza Sumon, Project Manager of GAIN, among others, were present on the occasion.

Under the MoU, there will be collaboration to create an enabling environment for ensuring proper nutrition of the RMG workers in the future.

The two sides will provide technical guidance to strengthen the institutional capacity of the National WFN Alliance for scaling up nutrition activities for workers’ well-being.

Also, they will make collective approaches and mechanisms to improve workers' access to affordable, nutritious, and safe food by establishing a Fair Price Shop (FPS) at factory premises.

The BGMEA and GAIN will collaborate to create an enabling environment to provide nutrition services and micronutrient supplements to workers from various formal and informal sectors.

 Through this partnership, the two sides will collaborate and leverage services for improving the nutritional status of RMG workers in Bangladesh.

They said the step will ultimately contribute to achieving the goal of the second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2 towards meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Health and Wellbeing), SGD 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).