Global Learning Collaborative for Health System Resilience along with partner organizations, philanthropists, patrons, and other stakeholders gathered for the launch of Bangladesh Country Chapter. The launching event happen in a Zoom platform on 26th July at 4 PM. The Bangladesh Chapter is a voluntary body of prominent & respected individuals with proven leadership abilities in health systems and philanthropy, coming together to represent GLC4HSR and help build strong and sustainable partnerships to address health systems resilience. The country chapter is being co-driven by renowned development sector organizations Bangladesh Health Watch and the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
With the continuous support, encouragement and participation of corporates, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, GLC4HSR has been working closely with 12 Technical Advisory Group members based out of Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the US.
Prof. Mushtaque Chowdhury, Adviser, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh in his welcome remarks thanked ACCESS Health International for this initiative. He stressed on the weak health system which the world witnessed during COVID 19 and highlighted the need for better and resilient health systems.
Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, President- Asia, ACCESS Health International in his remarks stressed on the significance of such collaborations that assists to absorb health shocks during pandemic and normal scenarios. He suggested making this collaborative learning culture and efforts to further strengthen the collaboration by onboarding partners from all over the world. The chapter will act as a catalyst to deepen the focus and amplify GLC impact across the communities they serve. The Chapter will leverage collaborative solutions to make health systems responsive and galvanize the outreach and impact in the country by bringing in deeper engagements and large-scale impact in policy advocacy.
Congratulating GLC4HSR and the cohort on this philanthropic congregation, Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Chairperson, BRAC University, Bangladesh in his keynote address spoke about 50 years of change which Bangladesh Health systems has witnessed. He spoke on the emergence of women as socio economic actors, rural urban connectivity, food security cushion and the drivers of change: Grass-root culture of solution centric innovation, accountability through contested politics, policy entrepreneurship. He deliberated on the timely initiative of launching the Bangladesh chapter in the challenging times for cross country and cross-region learning.
Dr. Rahman also spoke about the importance of understanding the health system as encompassing both healthcare and public health. Covid 19 experience has underscored the importance of health system resilience- prevent, prepare, respond, learn, he added.
Prof. (Dr.) Malay Kanti Mridha, Director, Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh gave the special address on the Health Resilience Measurement Tool extensively developed by a team of experts at ACCESS Health International. He talked about six building blocks naming- disaster mitigation framework, city resilience, e-resilience, UNDRR-Sendai framework, HS-WHO, checklist to improve health system resilience.
Dr. Yasmin H Ahmed, Advisor, Bangladesh Health Watch gave the overview of Bangladesh Health Watch, its journey started in the year 2006 as a group of experts with a vision of facilitating universal health coverage for all the citizens in Bangladesh. Commitment to prioritize the well-being of its citizens and pave the way for a more prosperous future.
Dr. Uma Aysola, Director Communications, ACCESS Health International in her closing remarks acknowledged and congratulated the Bangladesh Health Watch on bringing about sustainable improvements in the health sector in Bangladesh through research, documentation, policy advocacy, on ground implementation and networking. She invited all the stakeholders to join hands with the collaborative and to create a healthier and happier future for each and every human being. With the launch of the country chapter, public health will undoubtedly have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of its citizens, she added.
The launch was conducted in the presence of 100 participants, luminaries and industry experts from various parts of the globe. It represents a united effort towards building a healthier and more resilient nation with a focus on equitable healthcare access for everyone.
The Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience (GLC4HSR) was launched by ACCESS Health International with support from The Rockefeller Foundation on 11th March 2022. Its core purpose is to harness collaborative action to make health systems resilient and responsive to the social and health needs of all people at all times.
The Chapter is envisioned to anchor like-minded individuals, passionate about philanthropy, to come together to catalyse the health system resilience and undertake programs to enrich the livelihood of masses across the globe. It aims to spur new supporters, partners to raise awareness of the collaborative work and vision and implement a long-term strategy to mobilize resources from academia’s, foundations, government organizations and NGOs, to create a sustained impact.