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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:00am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) have joined together to make quality healthcare more widely available for poor families through the Smiling Sun network of health clinics. Under the new partnership, DFID will provide an additional US $29 million to the $54 million USAID NGO Health Service Delivery Project. As a result, Smiling Sun clinics will be able to reach several million additional people with basic health services that focus on improving women’s and children’s health in urban areas.

Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare M.M. Niazuddin Miah, USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski, and the Country Representative of DFID Bangladesh Sarah Cooke announced the collaboration at a launch event in Dhaka. Joya Ahsan, a renowned Bangladeshi actress and former brand ambassador for Smiling Sun clinics, was also in attendance to advocate for better healthcare for the poor.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:15pm

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed over 1,100 lives and injured thousands more – the worst industrial disaster in the history of the garment industry. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist disaster in the United States over one hundred years ago, Rana Plaza, and the Tazreen factory fire that preceded it in November 2012, have become potent symbols of the significant and unnecessary risks that many workers are still forced to take in order to earn a living and support their families. As we mourn the victims, we are again called to action so that tragedies like Rana Plaza and Tazreen never happen again.

Photo of local girls' dance troupe in Rangpur, Bangladesh performing at gender and development fair.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur concluded a joint three-day event dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Held from April 8-10, the Gender and Development Fair provided a platform for local leaders, university students, and the people of Rangpur to commemorate the economic and social contributions of women in Bangladesh.  

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 10:45pm

In honor of World Pneumonia Day and World Toilet Day, USAID reflects on the progress Bangladesh has made in protecting its children from pneumonia and diarrhea


By Paul Sabatine
Acting Mission Director
USAID/Bangladesh

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:00am

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena and Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director and CEO of BRAC Bank, announced a new partnership between BRAC Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to extend new credit opportunities to small and medium agricultural enterprises in 20 districts of southern Bangladesh.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:45pm

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena visited the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) today, where he congratulated the institution for its work to save lives, conduct postgraduate medical training, and promote critical biomedical research. Accompanied by Professor Dr. Pran Gopal Datta, Vice-Chancellor, the Ambassador toured the BSMMU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Center for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children, the Palliative Care Unit, and the University’s proposed expansion site.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 (All day)

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena launched a new three-year initiative to improve Bangladesh’s response to earthquakes and other natural disasters today at the Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) authority training center. The “Strengthening Earthquake Resilience” program will train hospital medical and support staff in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet to treat a high volume of victims in the aftermath of a potential earthquake.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:30am

This month, Aponjon, the first-ever nationwide maternal and child health mobile messaging service in Asia, reached another milestone when it registered its 100,000th subscriber. Aponjon delivers stage-based essential health messages to expectant and new mothers and their families across Bangladesh via mobile phones. USAID is the primary funder of the Aponjon service. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 12:45am

Today, U.S. Ambassador, Dan Mozena, announced a three-year, $200,000 USAID-funded program to expand the use of communication and information programs to improve health in Bangladesh. A key component of this program is a series of biweekly television episodes on public health issues called Jiboner Golpo (“Life Stories”) which will be aired on Desh TV starting from June 29, every alternate Saturday from 8:00pm. 

Ambassador Dan Mozena spoke at Bangladesh's Call to Action launch
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:45am

On Sunday, July 21st, the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality and improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children over the past 40 years.

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