The UNICEF and Eminence collaboration project titled "Building Mother Friendly Urban Workplace" has completed, three advocacy meetings with the management authorities of the targeted RMGs. In addition, as a part of the project, total six focus group discussions with the lactating and pregnant mothers of the respective RMGs took place. The training sessions with the health service providers and mid-level managers of the respective factories have already started.During the advocacy meetings, issues like workplace policy development, improvisation of the workplace facilities and even about the exclusive breastfeeding promotional activities was raised. For more update on the project, please stay tuned with us.
Since the initiation of the “Annual Nutritional Monitoring and Data Entry” of Project CLP II, Eminence has coordinated the Annual Nutritional Monitoring and Data Entry for CLP II Project with Maxwell Stamp PLC. During this study, the project areas were households from chars in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Pabna and Tangail. As a part of the regular monitoring CLP II took the “Nutrition of mothers and children less than 5 years” as serious consideration and collected annual survey data on this aspect. Eminence team completed data collection on anthropometric measures (height and weight) and biochemical measures (hemoglobin) from mothers and children by pre-coded and designed structured questionnaire. The data has already been shared with the concerned authorities.
Eminence is currently mapping selected slums of Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporation. The purpose of the project is to develop a nutrition intervention for better nutritional support among target groups residing in slums. The project was initiated by three day training with field enumerators on early December. The field level data has already been collected and the data editing as well as entering is going at the same time. Stay tuned for preliminary level data sharing in the coming months.
Me and My World – a complete online Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) capacity strengthening site for adolescents in schools. The site – an initiative under the Unite for Body Rights (UBR) project – combines information technology (IT) skills development with creative info-tainment. With this site, the UBR Bangladesh Alliance aims to contribute to the improvement of young people's sexual and reproductive health. The alliance aims to develop the adolescent’s social and economic development. The UBR Bangladesh Alliance is a part of Dutch SRHR alliance in the Netherlands. UBR Bangladesh Alliance has been developed with the partnership from Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), Population Services and Training Center (PSTC), Dushta Shasthya Kendra (DSK), Christian Hospital Chandraghona (CHC), and Reproductive Services Training and Education Programme (RH Step).
Me and My World website is being developed by Eminence and the UBR Bangladesh Alliance, in close collaboration with young people, teachers and artists of Bangladesh. Eminence is responsible for its web design, methods, communication with young people and production, while UBR Bangladesh Alliance is responsible for its content and approach on sexual and reproductive health. More information on the project will be posted later.
With the aim to develop and implement a model for supporting urban working mothers, Eminence is implementing a project titled “Building Mother Friendly Urban Workplace” in collaboration with UNICEF. Currently the project team is conducting advocacy meetings and focus group discussions in number of target organizations – Primary Education Center, Fame Sweater Ltd. and Dekko Apparels Ltd – in Mirpur area.
The findings from the discussion reveals that, most working women allows complementary food to their children before reaching six months of age. Majority of the mothers has very little knowledge on milk expression and the procedures of storing breast milk. Based on the findings, number of advocacy meetings has taken place and those meetings were successful in terms of raising employers and management authorities awareness towards making a mother friendly workplace. The project activities will continue up to March 2014 to formulate recommendations in accordance to policymakers and employers.