October 12, 2014
JICA volunteers are working from 1973 to support different sectors of health in Bangladesh. More than 100 volunteers have supported DG Health in programs like EPI, Filariasis, SMPP, Kala-azar, School Health and their Management Information System. Mr. Koichi Harada, JICA volunteer has arrived in Dhaka on 9th of October to support the improvement of Management Information System of DGHS after previous JICA volunteer Mr. Jun Sato working there for two years.
Nine more volunteers have arrived in Bangladesh on the same day among which one short term volunteer will work for Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation of Bangladesh for a time period of 10 months. Others will work for 2 years in different sectors and districts. Three will work in health sector in Cox's Bazar, Chandpur and Pabna, one volunteer will work for primary education in PTI, Mymensingh, one volunteer will work in Ministry of Public Administration, one in Dhaka South City Corporation and two volunteers will work in community development and primary education NGOs in Dhaka.
The 10 members met with Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office and described their target activities.
Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative is seen here with new JICA Volunteers at JICA Bangladesh Office
JICA's volunteer program has been one of its core programs for the last 40 years through which the Government of Japan is extending technical support to Bangladesh in diversified sectors. Total number of present volunteers in Bangladesh is 66. Since 1973, the volunteers have been working in Bangladesh to support its effort to improve the lives of people with diversified field of expertise. They extend assistance to the citizens and villagers with friendly smiles. The volunteers reach out to the needs of local communities and try to find the ways how to solve their problems together with their local counterparts. The volunteers work in all over the country by integrating with the communities using the Bengali language.