Demand to abolish smoking zones in hotels, restaurants

Hotel and restaurant owners from the Dhaka division have called for the swift passage of the amended Tobacco Control Law to abolish smoking zones and ensure a 100% smoke-free environment.

This call was made during a seminar organized by Dhaka Ahsania Mission at the office of the Dhaka Divisional Commissioner on Sunday morning.
The owners emphasized that passing the draft law is essential to ensure a healthy environment for children, women, and the elderly in hotels and restaurants. Dhaka Divisional Commissioner, Sabirul Islam, the chief guest at the discussion, stated, “With combined efforts, implementing the Tobacco Control Law can lead to a tobacco-free Bangladesh by 2040.” He also advised hotel and restaurant owners to close designated smoking areas in their establishments.

In his welcome speech, Mukhlesur Rahman, Deputy Director of the Health Sector at Dhaka Ahsania Mission, highlighted the right of non-smokers to be protected from the harms of secondhand smoke. He stressed that maintaining designated smoking areas in public places cannot protect non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Therefore, it is imperative to completely ban smoking areas in restaurants to protect public health.

M. Rezaul Karim Sarkar Robin, Vice President of the Bangladesh Restaurant Owners Association and Executive Director of Ahar Bangladesh, pointed out that the current Tobacco Control Law includes restaurants as public places but allows for designated smoking areas. He urged the abolition of this provision through the passage of the amended Tobacco Control Law.

Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Lead Policy Advisor at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), noted the increasing prevalence of cancer and health risks due to direct and indirect smoking. He stressed the need to close smoking zones in restaurants to protect people from secondhand smoke and ensure a healthy environment in hotels and restaurants through the swift passage of the amended Tobacco Control Law.

The seminar, presided over by Additional Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Mominur Rahman, featured a keynote presentation by Md. Shariful Islam, Coordinator of the Tobacco Control Project at Dhaka Ahsania Mission. In his presentation, he revealed that 38.4 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to secondhand smoke, with nearly 50% of them affected in restaurants. Despite designated smoking areas, smoke spreads to surrounding areas, subjecting non-smokers to secondhand smoke.

Hotel and restaurant owners urged the swift passage of the amended draft Tobacco Control Law to ban designated smoking areas in all public places, including restaurants, and fulfill the Prime Ministers vision of a smoke-free environment.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission honored with the best national award for maternal, child health services and family planning services

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Health Sector is recognized with three prestigious awards including the best at the national level for its exceptional contribution in providing family planning services including Maternal and Child Health Services.

Today, Thursday, July 11, in the morning, the award handed over by the State Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr Rokeya Sultanato Iqbal Masud, Director, Health and WASH Sector of DAM while Dr. Shamaonta Lal Saha, the honourable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was present as Chief Guestand Dr. Vibhavendra Sing Raghvanshi, Officer in Charge, UNFPA Bangladesh was present as guest of honor. Theceremonywas presided overMd Azizur Rahman,Secretary, Medical EducationandFamilyWelfareDivision and welcome speech delivered by the A N M Al Firoz. Director General. Directorate General of Family Planning. The ceremony was held at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention Hall in Shahbagh, of the capital city on the observance of World Population Day 2024.

On the same day Sumon Kumar Saha, Project Manager of the Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project, Phase II in Cumilla district, implemented by DAM Health Sector, received an award at the divisional level. The ceremony took place at the Chittagong District Shilpakala Academy Auditorium. And on the same day, Md. Tarikul Islam, the MIS Officer of the project, accepted the award at a best worker/institution award ceremony and discussion meeting held at the Cumilla District Family Planning Office.

On the occasion of World Population Day 2024 celebrations, DAM was honored as the best non-governmental organization at the national level in the Community Based Distribution (CBD) category. Moreover, DAM in Cumilla was recognized as the Best Non-Governmental Organization (CBD) at the Chittagong divisional level, and also received the accolade of Best Non-Governmental Organization (CBD and Clinic) at the district level in Cumilla.

মিশনের ৪৫০তম (১২.০৬.২০২৪) নির্বাহী পরিষদ সভার সিদ্ধান্ত মোতাবেক, মিশন অফিস সাপ্তাহিক ছুটি ২ (দুই) সংক্রান্ত অফিস আদেশ

52 SSC passed marginalized learners get reception from KAAP-UU education project

Through KAAP-UUP Project, marginalized learners get enrolled in our UCLC and after passing the grade Eight they have mainstreamed to the different schools in Mirpur and Saidpur area to class 9. This year 2024, there are 10 learners from Saidpur and 42 learners from Mirpur area participated in the S.S.C examination and passed the examination successfully. To honor & motivate the learners, the KAAP-UUP Project organizes an ‘award giving reception in 2024’ at the Mirpur and Saidpur working area. 

The program is held on 20 June 2024 in the Mirpur area and on 24 June 2024 in the Saidpur working area. Secondary Education Officer Md. Abdul Majeed’s presence at the event as chief guest in the Mirpur area. 3no. ward Counselor Kazi Zahirul Islam Manik, Vice President of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Prof. Kazi Shariful Alam participates in the program as a special guest, and Joint Director Education & TVET Md. Moniruzzaman presided over the program in the Mirpur area. Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO Noor-e Alam Siddiqui participates as Chief Guest of the program at Saidpur working area. CMC Members, Parents, and Teachers participate in the program very cordially.

In the speech of the chief guest on the occasion at Mirpur area, Secondary Education Officer Md. Abdul Majeed said, “I thank the organizer Dhaka Ahsania Mission. Many people end up working with children. As long as they have it. Until then this search is there, after that, there is no more search. But the Ahsania Mission is looking into them and has honored them and organized a reception. He thanks Dhaka Ahsania Mission for arranging the program. Honorable Chief Guest Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO Noor-e Alam Siddiqui said in the Saidpur area, this is amazing that an NGO organization is arranging the program like this. It is very impressive. This kind of program helps to bloom the merit and the physical growth of the children and the learners. He thanks the Dhaka Ahsania Mission. After the discussion session, the Chief Guest handed over the crest to the learners.

Ward No. 3 Councilor Kazi Zahirul Islam Manik said in the Mirpur area in his speech, “I thank Ahsania Mission for organizing a beautiful event. These students have gone away from them long ago but they have been looking for them regularly and supported them so they are here today. He organized this to honor them. It feels really good. These slum dwellers and camps of ours have done and are still doing something for the children. You are the future of tomorrow, you will build the country of tomorrow. Be educated and be human. A+ is not required. Become an educated person and benefit the people and the country. Act for climate change. Plant 1 tree at a time”.

Vice-President of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Professor Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam said, “You who have come here with success, you have to hold on to it. You have to move forward. He also said that those of you who have a science background can study diploma nursing! In that case, we will cooperate. He further said, “I am very happy to participate in this event”. He encouraged the students to pursue technical education instead of general education.

Annual progress review meeting of the KAAP-UUP Project held

The Annual Progress Review Meeting-2024 of the KAAP-UUP Project has held on 30 June 2024 at Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Auditorium. Director General of the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (Additional Secretary) Dr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad presents as the chief guest at the event. DAM’s Vice President and Chairman core committee professor Dr. Golam Rahman, Executive Director of DAM Md. Shajedul Qayyum Dulal, and Mission General Secretary Engineer A.F.M Golam Sharfuddin participate in the program as special guests. President of Dhaka Ahsania Mission Kazi Rafiqul Alam presides over the program. Joint Director of Education and TVET Sector Md. Moniruzzaman gives a welcome speech.

Co-ordinator-Monitoring and Evaluation SK Shafiqur Rahman presents the Annual Progress-2024 of the KAAP-UUP project through PowerPoint presentation. The Chief Guest DG of the BNFE (Additional Secretary) Md. Abul Kalam Azad says education is essestial. As the world is dark to a blind man, as the world is dark to an uneducated man. We are working with never enrolled, drop-outs and working children. Teachers are working to create enlightened people from that place. He also says that the education sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission continues to make an important contribution to achieving the goal of sustainable development. He urges, to continue the activities of this project. The event is anchored by Program Officer (R&D) Md. Rizwan Alam.

Noted that the DAM is implementing the KAAP-UUP project with the financial support of the King Abdullah Humanitarian Foundation (KAHF) and the technical support of PCO-IsDB. Through the KAAP-UUP Project, slum children are being educated through a total of 195 Child Learning Centers.  Three components of the Education are Pre-Primary 75, Primary-75, and Junior Secondary education-45 through a total of 195 children’s learning centers. The project is being implemented in three areas Mirpur and Mohammadpur of Dhaka city and Saidpur upazila of Nilphamari district. The project is providing Non-Formal Education (NFE) to 29,250 children over five years (July 2020 to June 2025).

Inception Meeting of Ashshash Project in Keraniganj

Today on Wednesday, 05th June 2024, at 11:00 am, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) organized a Upazila-level inception meeting of Ashshash Phase II project in the meeting room of Keraniganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer’ s Office. The Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Keraniganj, Md. Abu Riad was the chief guest of the event. Sk. Mahabbat Hossen, Team Leader of Rights & Governance presided the event and inaugurated the event with a welcome speech.

The master of the ceremony, Noore Saba Jyoti, Case Manager- Economic Development of Ashshash Project, with a skilful approach, conducted an introduction session among the participants. Later, an informative documentary was screened in the event portraying the tragic experience of human trafficking victims and their struggling turn around form the misfortune with help of Ashshash project. Ashit Banerjee, the Regional Coordinator of Ashshash Project gave a brief presentation on goal and objectives of the project. The presentation was followed by an open discussion facilitated by Jobiada Najneen, the Project Manager of Ashshash project where guests expressed their utmost willingness to contribute for the noble cause. At the end of the event, the chief guest drew a hopeful conclusion of the event by thanking all the participants for sharing their valuable insights.

Among the other valuable guests, Haji Abdul Ali, the chairman of Ruhitpur Union; Md. Nazrul Islam, Upazila Youth Development Officer; Md. Alauddin, Upazila Social Services Officer; Ms. Mala Baral, Upazila Women and Children’s Affairs Officer and Md. Helal Uddin, Inspector of Konakhola Police Station were present. Besides, representatives of Migrants Welfare Bank, BRAC, INCIDIN Bangladesh, BASTOB, Rural Savings Bank, BCIC, District Health Complex and other GO/NGOs, community members, journalists and private sector representatives and various dignitaries were present at the event.

The project is implemented by 07 social reintegration partners in 10 districts of Bangladesh. From March, 2024, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with the technical assistance of Winrock International and the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, has started to implement the project for 300 men & women who escaped from human trafficking in 03 upazilas of Dhaka- Keraniganj, Savar and Dhamrai. Ashshash extends an opportunity for these people to reshape their lives with the services designed specifically toward ensuring their social and economic mainstreaming by ensuring psychosocial counselling, health assistance, legal support and economic development opportunities. With the motto of “Divine and Humanitarian Services”, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, commits to be an inseparable part of this development journey with Winrock International.