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Press Release

May 4, 2016

The Completion Ceremony of the "Safe Motherhood Promotion Project Phase II (SMPP-2)"

Today on May 04, 2016 the completion ceremony of the "Safe Motherhood Promotion Project Phase II (SMPP-2)" was held in Dhaka. On this special occasion, Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, was present as the Chief Guest and Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Senior Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office was present as the Special Guest. Furthermore, Dr. AE Muhiuddin Osmani, Joint Chief, Planning, MOHFW, Mr. Md. Wahid Hossain, Director General, DGFP and Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Director General, DGHS were also present in the ceremony.

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The first phase of the Safe Motherhood Promotion Project (SMPP) was started in July 2006. The SMPP has been implemented by the Government of Bangladesh and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly. During the implementation period, SMPP has earned enormous success especially in saving lives of mothers and children through organizing community groups and collaborating with the local government bodies. Moreover, Community Support Groups that were created under community clinic have mainly originated from the experience of SMPP. Now we observe the replication of the Community Support Groups across the country under the Community Clinic Project.

The Chief Guest of the program, Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam has said that Bangladesh is considered as a global model for community health care service. Mr. Islam also thanked JICA for coming up with this SMPP. The Chief Guest also said that the experiences and lessons learnt from SMPP-2 would be reflected in the next sector program. The Senior Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, Mr. Mikio Hataeda has said that the global target has been shifted from MDGs to SDGs, but reduction of maternal and child health mortality remains as one of unfinished agendas. He congratulated Bangladesh's remarkable success in consideration of MDG 4 and 5 achievements. He further mentioned that JICA has been supporting Bangladesh's health sector, in particular, in the areas of maternal and child health and infectious diseases control, and JICA is committed to continue its support in the further development of health sector in Bangladesh.

Tanks and regards,
JICA Bangladesh Office

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