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Press Release

February 14, 2016

JICA volunteers Impact on Filariasis Elimination in the Northern Districts of Bangladesh

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers have been working for elimination of Filariasis with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh since 2004. JICA volunteers have worked in 6 districts among the 18 endemic districts where Filariasis elimination has been declared. "The behavioral attributes of JICA volunteers contributed to motivating and capacity enhancement in the different levels of the society to eliminate Filariasis", said the presenter of workshop on Sunday, 14th February.

The workshop was held in Directorate General of Health Services, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The workshop was held to disseminate the key findings of the research "Contributions of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Bangladesh" done by Nova Consultancy Bangla.

The workshop was chaired by Professor Dr. AbulKhair Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, Director (Disease Control) & Line Director, CDC of Directorate General of Health Services, Mohakhali, Dhaka and the chief guest was Mr. Atsushi Uchida, Senior Vice President of JICA Bangladesh office.

PhotoThe Workshop Held on February 14, 2016

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 19. 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.

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