13 February 2024

How Moneca’s Entrepreneurial Dream Uplifts 12-year-old Dhighi’s Life

NAOGAON, Bangladesh - “Papa, hurry up!” Dhighi turns around to call her dad, Md. Mazed Ali Mondol, as they walk to Mst. Moneca Begum’s UNICEF-supported latrine business. It is the only latrine business in the village.  The 12-year-old’s footsteps quicken and her eyes spark as she sees Moneca. Even though usually quiet, Dhighi can’t contain her…, Dhighi doesn’t feel safe, For months, Dhighi has observed the sanitation business shop, where Moneca and her husband, Md. Hatim lay out neat rows of self-made pit latrines 1  in various styles and colors. The shop is next to the village’s main road - one adorned with towering white bark trees and children’s giggles.­­­ Walking by it every day, Dhighi knows that other…, A woman entrepreneur who changes her village, Moneca dusts off the self-made concrete rings in her shop. Concrete rings are embedded in the soil to store human waste. Moneca dusts off the self-made concrete rings in her shop. Concrete rings are embedded in the soil to store human waste. At 40 years old, Moneca is well known in Dhighi’s village as a female entrepreneur who makes a life for…, Moneca beams with pride as she talks about her shop., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Himu Dhighi and her cousin, Khadija (left), all know Moneca who just lives within walking distance from them. SanMarkSystems-06.JPG, Dhighi and her cousin, Khadija (left), all know Moneca who just lives within walking distance from them., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Himu Moneca beams with pride as she talks about her shop. Dhighi and her cousin, Khadija (left), all know Moneca who just lives within walking distance from them. “People can say many things because I am a woman who runs a business. But my business has done good for many people,” adds Moneca proudly. “Even if I no longer…, My dream is to become a doctor, Dhighi shows Mazed the latrine of her choice at Moneca’s shop. Dhighi shows Mazed the latrine of her choice at Moneca’s shop. Holding her father’s hand, Dhighi closely examines each pit latrine. Sometimes, she even takes off her brown slippers and carefully walks on each latrine’s surface. Finally, she chooses a white-tiled one with a pink floral…
04 February 2024

Dr. Naznin Akter’s journey in safeguarding special girl children against human papillomavirus (HPV)

"My mother used to have excessive bleeding and pain during menstrual periods. Later due to the pain becoming unbearable, she had to have her uterus removed through surgery in order to prevent cervical cancer as she was in high risk of contracting the disease since she was not vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)," said Dr. Naznin Akter, a…, Battle against cervical cancer, When Dr. Naznin Akter learned about the HPV vaccination campaign during a training session at the EPI headquarters, her personal connection to the impact of cervical cancer fueled her determination to spearhead a session at Proyash Institute of Special Education where her son is enrolled. Proyash  is a specialized institution which provides…, Overcoming HPV myths and spreading awareness, However, organizing the session at Proyash presented its own challenges. Deep-rooted myths and societal taboos surrounding HPV vaccine, such as the misconception that it's ineffective past age 12 and the unfounded belief in side effects like infertility, cast a shadow, making parents hesitant to vaccinate their children. Adding to the reluctance…, A student of Proyash Institute of Special Education getting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sumon A student of Proyash Institute of Special Education getting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine HPV_1159.JPG, A student of Proyash Institute of Special Education getting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sumon A student of Proyash Institute of Special Education getting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. A student of Proyash Institute of Special Education getting the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine “I took my daughter to her school today so she could receive the HPV vaccination. Cervical cancer has always worried me…, A safer tomorrow for girls in Bangladesh, In Bangladesh, millions of women die from cervical cancer, a disease which can be prevented by a single dose of vaccine to girls at an early age. Despite cervical cancer being the second most common cancer among women in Bangladesh and causing the highest number of cancer-related deaths, many people are not aware about the dangers of HPV and the…