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BBS, WaterAid sign MoU on National Hygiene Survey-2017

DHAKA, June 13, 2017 (BSS)- Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and WaterAid Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at the conference room of Statistics and Informatics Division, BBS, for conducting the Bangladesh National Hygiene Survey-2017.

Md Amir Hossain, director general of BBS, and Dr Md Khairul Islam, country director of WaterAid, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations in presence of KM Mozammel Hoq, Secretary (Statistic and Informatics Division) of Planning Ministry, said a press release.

The main objective of the survey is to monitor the progress of the Hygiene related indicators which were connected to SDGs and Seventh Five Years Plan (SFYP). The survey will aim to find out current status of household toilet facilities, water sources, food and environmental hygiene.

Starting from June 2017 to September 2018 the survey will be conducted both in urban and rural areas to assess hygiene knowledge, practices and facilities including hand washing with soap, cleanliness and menstrual hygiene management around households, schools, hospitals, restaurants and with traditional birth attendants.

Amir Hossain said, "This survey will help us to measure the current hygiene situation which will helpful for developing further planning in the sector."

Dr Khairul Islam highlighted that the country is moving forward through collective effort of all. The survey will play a vital role in the development of overall public health system and contribute in the attainment of government's development vision.

In anticipating the cooperation, K M Mozammel Hoq said, "To achieve the SDGs six targets, information from this National Hygiene Survey 2017 will be instrumental to improve our public health planning system and implementation."

Bikash Kishore Das, additional secretary (Statistics and Informatics Division) of Planning Ministry, Md Mashud Alam, director of Statistics and Informatics Division (SID), BBS, Md Liakath Ali, director-Programmes and Policy Advocacy of WaterAid and other staff members of SID, BBS and WaterAid attended the signing ceremony, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

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