By mobilizing our networks and participating in key national and international advocacy events we reach the decision-makers directly. Securing a policy environment favorable to overall development, especially of poor people, is a key aspect of Eminence mission: “to create a society where the people live in equity and health justice with their maximum potential.” Formation of Non Communicable Disease Forum (NCD-F), Bangladesh Urban Health Network (BUHN), Common Interest Group against Tobacco (CIGAT) and Bangladesh Nutrition and Food Security Network (BNFSN) has been in response to the imperative health and development needs of the general people of the country. As one of the leading advocates in the field of public health and social development, Eminence is engaged in regular dialogues with government and other national institutions.
Go Red for Women is a major international awareness campaign dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Around the world cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the number one killer of women and is also a major cause of disability. Each year CVD causes 9.1 million deaths among women globally. It kills more women each year than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Yet most people don’t know this. Despite this huge death and disability burden CVD is a women’s health issue which is under-researched, under-funded, under-treated and under-prioritized. The good news is that most heart disease & stroke is preventable. Knowing about the most common causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms is the first step in fighting this disease and saving many women’s lives.
With this context, Eminence as a member of World Heart Federation has initiated Go Red for Women activities in the summer of 2012 to create a strong, energetic movement together for raising awareness about this health issue. The Non-Communicable Diseases Forum (NCD-F) as the national platform for NCDs in Bangladesh also provided its support in this awareness event.
With this objective Eminence and NCD-F organized the following activities
Fight Back Heart Diseases: A fact sheet was prepared based on the information fact sheet from WHF and number of copies were printed and distributed.
Reaching the Policy Makers: A package of information document was tied in red ribbon with a red flower and was distributed among the women members of the national parliament (MP). Till date 36 MP’s has been reached through this activity.
Bridging the Gap: An effort was made to make a bridge among the people in need and the available service and in this regard a MoU was made with a local hospital through which they provided low cost cardiac screening services to 100 eligible women from slums. Among the 50 patients seven is being taken for further screening and was taken under treatment as initial testing were positive for cardiac complications.
Life with a Broken (!) Heart: An informal chit chats with heart diseases survivors and caregivers was organized at a community setting. This event gave the caregivers an idea about how a person can live a life with a broken (!) or diseased heart.
Go Red for Women: Since heart diseases affects more women in our country, during this period of time Eminence distributed red flower and Fight Back Heart Diseases document to women passing different significant places of Dhaka city. The places which were covered are the National High Court, The Medical University, University of Dhaka, total 10 corporate houses and six (6) readymade garment factories.
In addition to these activities the “Go Red for Women Global Statistics Toolkit: the burden of cardiovascular disease in women” presentation – initially prepared by World Heart Federation – was adapted and presented among stakeholders. Copy of the presentation can be found here.
To know more about CVD and Women’s health you can download the Factsheet. Moreover some reports, guidelines and documents are as following:
To know more about global activities you can go to
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The 2007 DHS conducted in Bangladesh found improvements in education, family planning and health. But it showed delay in progress in maternal health and child nutrition. Among the divisions in Bangladesh, Chittagong had the second highest total fertility rate of 3.2, among the worst health and demographic indicators. Thus an initiative had been taken by Macro, USAID and NIPORT to disseminate health, nutrition and population information among stakeholders in Chittagong to help them adopt evidence-based planning. The project was supported by USAID, coordinated by DG-HS and DG-FP, with technical assistance by Measure Evaluation and NIPORT and implemented by Eminence.
Based on the findings of DHS 2007 several Community Sensitization Workshops were organized in 8 upazilas of Chittagong division in the period of 18 working days. The inauguration of the upazila workshops were held on 16h January 2011 and upazila workshops began from the 17 January 2011 in Brahminbaria. The last upazila holding workshop was in Akhaura upazila on 9 February and the closing ceremony of the workshops was held on 10 February 2011 in Zila Porishod Auditorium, Brahminbaria.
The general objective of the initiative was disseminating health, nutrition and population information among stakeholders in Chittagong and giving them a better opportunity to plan their activities based on updated information. Specific objectives were –
A total of 26 events were organized which included one district level Inauguration Ceremony, 24 workshops in 8 upazilas and one Closing Ceremony. Around 150 participants participated in each Inaugural Ceremony and Closing Ceremony. The 8 focused upazilas were – Sadar, Sarail, Ashugonj, Nasir Nagar, Bancharumpur, Nabinagar, Kasba, and Akhaura.
In addition to the 26 events training of trainers was held on 9th and 10th January 2011 in Eminence Meeting room where a total of 16 participants took part. The participants belonged to Advance Team, Presenter Team, Follow-Up Team and Resource Person. The Advance team consisted of 6 members - Md. Reazwanul Haque (Team Leader), Md. Suman Ul Sadi, Md. Razib Miah, Md. Ariful Islam, Basirul Islam and Sumon Hayder. The Presenter team also consisted of 6 members - Shusmita Hossain Khan, Sohana Samrin Chowdhury, S. M. Shajedul Haque, Kazi Nazira Sharmin, Dr. Nazia Elham, Mostafizar Rahman. Furthermore, Experts Consultation Meeting was organized on 12th January 2011 in Four Seasons Restaurant in Dhanmondi. The main aim of this meeting was to share views and exchange ideas about the workshops.