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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: February 18, 2015