First round of the national Vitamin A-plus campaign (NVAC+) 2020 will be held across the country from 4th October 2020 to 17th October 2020, aiming to provide blue capsules (1,00,000 IU) to the children aged between 6 to 11 months and red capsules (2,00,000 IU) to the children aged between 12 to 59 months. To make this campaign successful, different tires of advocacy meeting and volunteer orientations are being organized from national to union level targeting health workers and volunteers who will actively participate in this campaign. Real time monitoring and reporting (RTMR) trainings are going on nationwide targeting upcoming NVAC+ 2020. During this Covid-19 situation, special measures (like supply of facial masks and hand soaps to all upazilas) are taken to prevent contamination at campaign sites. At least 3ft of social/physical distance should be maintained during the campaign in all sites. All the campaign sites will be open from 8am to 4pm every day during the campaign.
First round of Vitamin A-plus campaign will begin on July 16. The vaccination will be arranged at 1.40 lakhs centers across the country.
The campaign will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm on the day.
This was informed in a central advocacy meeting organized by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Health Department on Thursday (June 23).
DSCC chief health official Brigadier General (retd) Dr Mohammad Saidur Rahman chaired the program also attended by UNICEF and WHO representatives.
In first round of Vitamin A-plus campaign it has been fixed to feed blue capsules to 51.569 thousands infants aged between 6 and 11 months at DSCC area.
Apart from this, as many as 335,500 infants aged from 12 to 59 months will be fed red capsules.
A total of 4,461 thousands volunteers and 286 supervisors will observe the campaign to feed Vitamin A capsules at DSCC area.
However, vitamin A capsules will also be fed at 1.20 lakhs vaccination centers across the country. There will also be 20 thousands of temporary centers at bus, rail and launch stations and ferry-ghats.
Moreover, this year vitamin ‘A’ capsules will be brought from Copenhagen.
In September 2012, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh joined the SUN Movement with high level commitment from HE Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister.“Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to physical and mental under-development and disease. The Secretary General’s SUN Movement, which aims to mobilize a global collective action against malnutrition, particularly in children, is therefore a far-sighted one. The ultimate purpose is to produce new generations of healthy people worldwide. Personally I am committed to taking up these challenges at all levels.” Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (September 2012).
This evaluation aims to identify the outcome of CBT in improving the knowledge and skill of the front-line health workers in delivering nutrition specific interventions and in strengthening the supportive supervision and monitoring-mentoring by the respective supervisors.
Background and motivation
In the 2014-2015 UNICEF-Government of Bangladesh Rolling Work Plan UNICEF committed to strengthening human resource capacity in nutrition through a comprehensive capacity building initiative at district level and below with a specific focus on the competencies required to deliver quality services at each facility. The approach focuses on identifying the specific skills and knowledge required by each cadre of service provider, at each level of service provision and within the context of specific job descriptions and responsibilities.
The competency based training (CBT) has been designed to ensure that the service provider develops the necessary skill set required to perform their assigned tasks, and not only required knowledge.