Bangladesh 2nd Sub-National Smoke-Free Project Workshop organized on 17-19 May, 2010. YPSA and PROGGA jointly arranged the 2nd Sub-National workshop, three day long, on Smoke Free issue titled as “Bangladesh 2nd Sub-National Smoke-Free Project Workshop” in Chittagong on 17th to 19th May, 2010 which is supported by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CFTFK) and Bloomberg Initiatives. The workshop aimed to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience sharing for effective smoke free environment creation at sub national level in Bangladesh.
The workshop was addressed by the honorable Deputy Secretary (WHO) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) Mr. Md. Rafiqul Islam Sarker, and Senior Assistant Secretary (WHO) Ms. Nasrin Mukti, Coordinator of National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) Dr. Iqbal Kabir from MOH&FW, Director-Grants of CFTFK Ms. Pamela Sumner Coffey, CEO of BCCP Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan, Technical Consultant of The Union Mr. Md. Akramul Islam, Program Officer of CFTFK Ms. Anu Khanal, Research Assistant Ms. Hema, Chief Executive of YPSA Md. Arifur Rahman, Chairman of PROGGA were addressing the opening session of the workshop. The workshop is participated by the representatives from different organizations from all over the country who are working on Smoke free issue. The organizations are: WBB Trust, ACLAB, AID, ACD, SCOPE, NATAB, Shimantik, RAAC/AID, YPSA and PROGGA
The honorable Deputy Secretary (WHO) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) Mr. Md. Rafiqul Islam Sarker said that this kind of workshop provides lessons and insights on how to advance any initiatives, initiate working relation with different stakeholders. It also facilitates in enhancing knowledge and skills and encouraging people to do the better performance.
Different important matters, on the smoke free issue, were discussed in the workshop which were very necessary for the smoke free campaigners to run their respective programs very effectively. At the end of the workshop, certificates were provided to all the participants from the host organization. The participants appreciated the workshop a lot and requested to continue such initiatives that helps them to share their experiences and receive knowledge from others.