Date: April 30, 2005


Training on HIV/AIDS Held in Rohingya Camp


Cox’s Bazar, April 30: Awareness training on HIV/AIDS has been held for four days at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee Camp in Bangladesh on April 24, 2005.


Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) and a local NGO took step to hold training with the cooperation of government officials to get awareness about HIV/AIDS, according to Dr. Zakir Hossain, a medical assistant.


Mr. Nurul Alam Chaudhury, the Camp-in-Charge of the Kutupalong refugee camp was the chief guest, while the Deputy Director of BCC, Mr. Shahed Hossain was in the Chair.


Medical Team leader Dr. Abdur Rahman, FPAB Senior Program officer, Moazzem Hossain, field officer, Mr. Mohammed Iqbal, and Project Coordinator Ms. Sayema Akhtar were among the other speakers in the session, he further said.


In the training, they mainly discussed on the themes of HIV/AIDS and family planning. The UNICEF supported to the FPAB for the program to bring awareness about HIV/ AIDS and among Rohingya and Rakhaing communities. 14 refugees including females from the camp participated in the training, said a participant.


On the other hand, on April 21, 2005, at about 12:00 pm, the Women Empowerment Program of Bangladesh held an awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in Kutupalong camp with the cooperation of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC).


Ms. Afrozah Parvin, the Director of the Women Empowerment Program was in the Chair, while Associate Secretary for the Rohingya Refugee Repatriation Commissioner, M.D. Shuebur Rahman was chief guest in the program.


Senior Assistant Secretary and the Camp-in-Charge of the Kutupalong refugee camp, Mr. Nurul Alam Chaudhry was special guest in the program. Dr. Pizush Kanti Barua, the Physician of Women Empowerment Program and M. M. Sadek Labu, health educator of the program were among the others.


Shuebur Rahman, said, “Everybody would be aware of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.” He called upon the refugees to maintain hygiene and religious norms for their health and survival in the presence of hundreds of refugees in Kutupalong.”


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