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EMPHASIS Bangladesh Receives Award at Health Fair, in Jessore
District Health Authority of Jessore in Bangladesh organized a 3 day long health fair from 5 to 7 April 2013. It was organized to mark the World Health Day 2013 in association with the local administration, NGOs and private health service providers at the Municipality Auditorium of Jessore. The inaugural session was attended by Md. Ali Reza Raju, ex-parliamentarian from Jessore district. Other special guests included Senior Officials of Divisional and District Health Department and Sub Division Chairman. EMPHASIS project was awarded for its contribution to raise awareness on HIV&AIDS, STI/STD among mobile and general populations of the Jessore district, in the inaugural session. The award was received by Mohammad Hafijul on behalf of CARE Bangladesh from the chief guest of the program. It is noteworthy to mention that, EMPHASIS is the only project awarded for its special contribution as previously in the year 2012, the District Health Authority had awarded its 24 front line staff for their outstanding performance.

The objectives of the Health Fair were to
• Introduce existing health services to a wider audience
• Provide knowledge on healthy living information and promote health seeking behavior
• Establish linkage among service providers and reduce service duplication among them The Health Fair after Inauguration: Around 20+ organizations (GO, NGO and Private Health Service Providers) including representatives from EMPHASIS project, Jessore Medical College and Jessore Science and Technology University (JSTU) attended the fair. A number of stalls were set up to demonstrate various IEC/BCC materials providing information on various subject matters through different methods and media such as multimedia, dramas, folk song, IEC/BCC and demonstration sessions. Along with message dissemination direct service was also provided in the fair including tests for diabetes, blood donation camp,counseling for HIV test, blood grouping, eye test, hand washing demonstration, condom distribution, BMI measurement; and maternal and child-related services. Thousands of people visited the fair and many received the service provided.


Participation of EMPHASIS Project: EMPHASIS project has been extending its awareness raising activities and its other interventions in coordination with its partners Rights Jessore and Ad-din Welfare Centre in the district of Jessore, Bangladesh.

Partner organization Ad-din Welfare Center also participated in the Health Fair and set up stalls for displaying learning material and demonstrating EMPHASIS activities. IEC and BCC material was displayed, condoms distributed and a quiz competition was organized for participants and visitors. As part of the project’s mass awareness activity a street drama titled “Lili banur Songshar” (Family of Lili Banu) was staged for the audience. This drama focused on unsafe migration and vulnerabilities of cross border mobile population to HIV and AIDS. It also highlighted HIV transmission and prevention methods in order to increase awareness for HIV prevention. The performances were appreciated by the audience who said that they found the dramas very informative.

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