Bangladesh, that proverbial economic basket case, is now outdoing its BRIC-branded neighbor, India. So says the ‘‘prosperity index’’ compiled by the London-based think tank Legatum Institute, after measuring multiple variables about economic performance, entrepreneurship, governance, health, education and security.
Dhaka, November 25, 2013
"I would like to tell the opposition leader to participate in the polls. If you have any doubt about the polls, give names of your lawmakers to be inducted into the current cabinet," "They will be given whatever ministries you want for them so that we can start a democratic process through fair polls. This process must be started from somewhere." Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said this while presiding over a meeting of the party's nomination seekers to contest the upcoming general election.
Dhaka, November 23, 2013
Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in healthcare contributing a significant improvement in the survival of under fives, immunization coverage and tuberculosis control, according to British medical journal, The Lancet
The journal said outstripping neighbour India, and Pakistan from which it won independence, Bangladesh cut maternal deaths by 75 percent since 1980 and halved infant deaths since 1990. Life expectancy has increased to 68.3 years. Series co-leader Prof Mushtaque Chowdhury, also vice-chairperson of the world’s largest NGO, BRAC, said Bangladesh’s success ‘convincingly’ defied the expert opinion that reducing poverty and increasing health resources were the ‘key drivers’ of improving health. According to the Series, what set Bangladesh apart was its ‘pluralistic’ health system in which many stakeholders including the private sector and NGOs were “encouraged to thrive and experiment”.
This led to rapid improvements in accessing essential services such as diarrhoea treatment, family planning, vitamin A supplementation, and vaccination coverage. Bangladesh was seen as a ‘pioneer’ in scaling up community-based approaches to take key health interventions to the household level.
For instance, the tuberculosis cure rate rose to more than 90 percent, among the highest in the world, from less than 50 percent when community health workers were engaged by NGOs.
Female health workers' door-to-door services helped raise the use of contraceptives to 62 percent, with a rapid fall in total fertility rate to 2.3 in 2010 from 6.3 after independence in 1971 – a rate that Lancet says was ‘unparalleled’ in countries with similar levels of development.
Other factors that made a big impact included a strong focus on reducing gender inequality through pro-poor and pro-women development programmes like education and microfinance, and improvements in natural disaster preparedness and response.
The editor in chief of the journal concluded his write up by saying that "Bangladeshis have shown enormous creativity, resilience, and energy in the past. They will need to continue to do so again in the future,”
Source: Various news agencies
Dhaka, November 22, 2013
The European Parliament (EP) passed a resolution on Thursday, calling on all parties not to boycott the elections, as this would deprive citizens of a political choice and undermine Bangladesh’s social and economic stability and its impressive development progress.
Dhaka, November 21, 2013
"We'll have to keep in mind that we've achieved the independence with the sacrifices and blood of three million martyrs. So, all of us will have to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a reception accorded to the gallantry award recipients and their family members by theArmed Forces Division (AFD) marking the Armed Forces Day, 2013 at the AFD in Dhaka Cantonment.