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Education

RDRS Bangladesh has been running 10 Non-formal Primary Schools at the remotest char islands of Kurigram district with the financial support from Lutheran Life Together-Japan. Some 300 students have got the opportunities to continue their education who could have never been given an education opportunity had there been no schools at their door steps. These schools are following the curriculum of NCTB.

RDRS Bangladesh has also given importance on vocational education for youth with the support of OXFAM. In 2019, RDRS Bangladesh organized 12 batches of pre-vocational training courses on different trades where 179 youths both girls and boys participated. Through PKSF supported `SHAMMRIDHI’ project, RDRS Bangladesh offered coaching supports to poor performing students of grade I and II of 114 Government Primary Schools with an objective to help in preparing daily lessons; remove school fear and to achieve the expected terminal competencies. 


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Education

The enrollment rate of marginal and indigenous children in pre-primary and primary schools has increased up to 88% from 85% due to the interventions taken by “Socio Economic Empowerment with Dignity and Sustainability” project. RDRS Bangladesh has made an agreement with the Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE) under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education to implement the Second Chance Education (Pilot) Programme. The aim of the project is to bring 30,000 children (8-14 years old) back to the education system who have either never been enrolled in school or have dropped out from school before any meaningful education.

The program is being implemented in 10 Upazilas of Sylhet, Sunamgonj and Kishoregonj districts. The children are from the tea-garden, haor, hard to reach and other remotest areas of the north-eastern part of the country. 


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Education

RDRS Bangladesh has given special emphasis on education sector in its development plan. The organization has been implementing diverse and innovative projects to increase the literacy rate and ensure quality education for all. School Feeding Programme (SFP) in the poverty prone areas of the country is one of the programs which is being implemented to achieve quality education under SDGs where Ministry of Primary and Mass Education is providing the financial support and World Food Programme (WFP) is providing the technical support. The SFP has covered 3,274 numbers of Government Primary Schools, 13 ‘Child Welfare Trust’ operated schools and 113 numbers of Individual Ebtedayee Madrasha in 19 upazilas of Nilphamari, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts. A total of 641,177 students are given high calorie protein enriched (75 gm. Packet) biscuits every day. Some 7,720 metric tons of biscuit distributed in 2019. As a result, the rate of school attendance has increased and dropout rate has decreased significantly.  


Health

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Leprosy and Filariasis

As of March 2019, 990 suspected leprosy patients were examined through 13 extended contact surveys, 6 village doctor orientations and 363 IEC (Information Education Communication) campaigns. Out of 990, 43 were identified as leprosy patients (male-18, female-21 and child-4). After examining 303 suspected filarial patients, 288 were identified. 15 ulcer care training and 36 self care training were given to severe leprosy patients for their well being. 85,500 people were made aware of Leprosy and Filariasis through 40 courtyard meetings, focus group discussions, observing World Leprosy Day, advocacy meetings and miking.


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TB control program

According to the information of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, about 300,000 people are being infected with tuberculosis every year in Bangladesh and 70,000 died of it. RDRS has been providing free tuberculosis treatment services in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts since 1980. RDRS is now implementing this program through 22 microscopy centres and 14 DOTS centres. In 2019, 292 budgetary and 3,749 non-budgetary smear centres and 56 TB campaigns were done, 64,500 presumptive patients tested their sputum (cough), 8,521 presumptive did X-ray and CBC tests and 752 did Genexpert test. Through these tests, 6,610 tuberculosis patients were identified and covered under DOTS (this number is 16% more in comparison to 2018). 2,100 were found to have pulmonary TB, 2,324 to be extra-pulmonary, 596 to be EP patients, 44 to be relapse and 9 to be multidrug resistance (MDR) patients. Case notification rate in RDRS work area is 182/100000 in all forms (National 164/100000). A total of 7,164 ultra poor suspected patients received BDT 1,612,000 financial assistance for better treatment. The treatment success rate in RDRS working area is 96.81% (National Target 85%). Among the identified patients, 43.64% were women and 56.36% men.


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Rehabilitation Centre for Visually Impaired Persons

A total of 23 visually impaired students have learned about Activity of Daily Living (ADL), Mobility (Special movement techniques) and Braille methods. The former learners of this centre are now studying in different universities, colleges and schools. 10 students received training on handicrafts, 10 received 3-month IGA training from the Department of Youth Development.  2 learners started cattle rearing at home after receiving IGA training. Another 2 learners are working as a part-time tobla (musical instrument) instructor in ShilpaKala Academy and Shishu Academy. 2 learners of this centre won the second place in Nazrul Geeti Music Competition in 2019 at the divisional level. 


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Eye Care

RDRS has been providing eye care services to the vulnerable and poor people in its working area since long. In 2019, primary eye examinations were conducted among 1,642 high school students in Lalmonirhat district and ensured necessary treatment for them. Eye patients received eye care services through 54 eye camps. 19,837 eye patients received treatment and 1,177 patients received financial support for cataract and other eye surgeries. In addition, 84 teachers, SMC members and 336 Federation members received orientation on primary eye care.


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Reproductive Health

RDRS is working to reduce the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases in all its working areas. The organization works mainly in coordination with the government program to ensure the quality healthcare and achieve SDG-3. RDRS is implementing various health related projects under its Community Health Program including reproductive health, leprosy and filariasis control, eye care and rehabilitation support for the visually impaired persons.

RDRS implemented different types of awareness activities on reproductive health and quality service for pregnant mothers at the community level. Through the reproductive health component, RDRS provided financial support to 327 pregnant mothers for proper diagnosis and safe delivery. In 2019, 80% pregnant mothers have received 4 times ANC. Some 1,020 adolescent girls received training on sexual/reproductive health and personal hygiene. 450 Federation members participated in awareness raising sessions on preventing maternal and child mortality, reproductive health care, pre and post-natal services and early marriage. 520 pregnant mothers participated in an orientation session on ANC.