Eminence in partnership with Institute of Public Health and Nutrition (IPHN) and Population Reference Bureau(PRB) organized the 2nd national level launching event of RENEW (Reenergizing Nutrition—Expanding Worldwide) multimedia presentation named “Bangladesh on the Move”,  on 24 February, 2012 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka.

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The objective was to introduce the multimedia presentation ‘Bangladesh on the Move’ that is designed to raise the visibility of malnutrition in mothers and children and sensitize high level policy makers under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) towards taking policies that can improve the situation. This multimedia presentation uses latest innovative technologies for data visualization, including the pioneering Trendalyzer (bubble graphs) for high level policy audiences and leaders.

Facilitated by Prof. Dr Shah Monir Hossain, Senior National Advisor, FAO, the event was graced by Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Food as Chief Guest; Mr Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Information and Ms Mushfeka Ikfat, Honorable Secretary of Ministry of Food as  as special guests and Dr Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC)  as the chair. Opening the session, Professor Dr Shah Monir Hossain greeted everyone and explained the objective of the RENEW multimedia presentation – which is to present the prevailing nutrition situation of the country and how we can overcome the difficulties. In his welcome speech, Dr Mustafizur Rahman, Program Manager, National Nutrition Services re-emphasized that nutrition is a multidimensional issue and no ‘one’ organization or institution can address the challenges of nutrition.

Dr Md Shamim Hayder Talukder, Chief Executive Officer, Eminence briefed an overview of RENEW Multimedia Presentation that included formation of Task Force, development of the presentation and its finalization.

After that the most important part of this event was the multimedia presentation “Bangladesh on the Move” showcased by Dr Zeba Mahmud, Country Director, Micronutrient Initiatives.

In the event, a number of around 60 representatives, officials from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Food and Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief were present.

Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Director, Centre for Nutrition and Food Safety, ICDDR,B cited two ways to address the malnutrition issues – one is Nutrition Direct Intervention while the other is Indirect Nutrition intervention. Naming nutrition as a critical issue, Mr Mukutmoni, Additional Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief Division urged all the sectors or ministries of Bangladesh including food, health, disaster, education etc to work together to reduce malnutrition and ensure proper nutrition for our countrymen.

This panel discussion was followed by an open discussion session moderated by Professor Dr Shah Monir Hossain.

During his speech, the Special Guest of the evening Mr Hedayetullah Al Mamoon Secretary, Ministry of Information argued, ensuring nutrition principally depends on two things – enhancing capability and addressing ignorance. He founds his hope in Vision 2021.

Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Food argued   food security has three dimensions – availability, accessibility and nutrition knowledge. He mentioned how the present government is trying to increase per capita income so as to enhance their purchasing power.

Dr Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council in his concluding remark as the Chair of the evening, put emphasis on the social or cultural context. In the event it was strongly felt that in order to improve nutrition situation a very well concerted, synchronized and coordinated across different ministries is required.

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