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Twenty Four health facilities get award for excellence in Emergency Obstetric Care services

© UNICEF Bangladesh\2008\Salma Siddique
Representative from Khagrachhari Upazila Health Complex receives award for emergency obstetric care
DHAKA, July 21, 2008: A total of 24 health facilities from six divisions under the Directorate General of Health Services – one Upazilla Health Complex and one District Hospital in each division – received best performing award this Monday for their excellence in imparting Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC).
Giving the awards as the chief guest, Mr. AKM Zafar Ullah Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, said that recognition and reward for good work encourages people to do further good.
In fact, the whole idea of introducing these awards was to boost the morale and professional commitment of health staff and improve their performance in providing Emergency Obstetric Care services, thus saving the lives of mothers and newborns,” he said. The Secretary said  that the death of 12,000 women every year to pregnancy related complications is unacceptably high and all efforts must be done to address this situation.
The ‘Award Giving Ceremony on Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) 2007’ held at  the Sheraton Ball room was also attended by Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Dr. M. A.Faiz, Director General of Family Planning (DGFP) Mrs. Quomaran Nessa Khanom and UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Mr. Carel de Rooy as special guests. Line Director, Essential Service Delivery Dr. Saleh Md. Rafique chaired the ceremony
“The government of Bangladesh made steady progress in reducing maternal death. Yet, maternal mortality must no longer be considered as simply an issue of public health; it is a social injustice. It is this paradigm shift that has inspired us all to be here in recognition of the need to prevent maternal death and disability as an issue of social justice and women’s rights,” said Mr. Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.
The best performing awards for Emergency Obstetric Care was introduced in 2004. The Directorate General of Health Services is implementing the Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) Programme in 191 health facilities, including 59 District Hospitals (DHs) and 132 Upazilla Health Complexes (UHCs). UNICEF is supporting these public facilities by providing training of health staff, procuring and maintaining equipment, strengthening supervision and monitoring of performance, developing Management Information System (MIS) system and supporting advocacy and social mobilization activities.
This year, six Mother and Child Welfare Centres (MCWC) from six divisions under Directorate General of Family Planning have been included as they are also providing EmOC services. In addition, six facilities including three Upazilla Health Centres and three District Hospitals have been identified for special awards bringing the total number of award recipients to 24.
Four indicators are taken into account in selection of EmOC facility for best performing award. These include proportion of all birth at EmOC facilities, number of complicated obstetric cases managed in the EmOC facilities, percentage of Caesarian section as proportion of all deliveries and case fatality rate.
All these indicators are periodically reported and monitored by MIS, Health, DGHS and Program Manager (Reproductive Health), DGHS.
In terms of performance, some of the facilities are doing well and there has been progressive increase in the number of total deliveries, Caesarian section and management of complications whereas in other facilities, with similar inputs and presence of trained manpower, the utilization remains poor.
During the award giving ceremony, Tungipara and Fatikchhari were particularly recognized as special initiatives have been taken to improve performance in these two locations.

The award recipients are:
- Jamalpur District Hospital, Dhaka Division
- Tungipara UHC, Gopalgonj, Dhaka Division
- Manikganj MCWC, Dhaka Division
- Feni District Hospitals, Chittagong
- Fatikchari, UHC, Chittagong
- Khagrachari MCWC, Chittagong
- Kushtia District Hospital, Khulna
- Chowgacha UHC, Jessore, Khulna
- Chowgacha UHC, Jessore, Khulna
- Magura MCWC, Khulna
- Joypurhat District Hospital, Rajshahi
- Charghat UHC, Rajshahi
- Thakurgaon MCWC, Rajshahi
- Hobigonj District Hospital, Sylhet
- Bianibazar UHC, Sylhet
- Sunamganj MCWC, Sylhet
- Patuakhali District Hospital, Barisal
- Kolapara UHC, Patuakhali, Barisal
- Bhola MCWC, Barisal
- Magura District Hospitals
- Pabna District Hospitals
- Khagrachari District Hospital
- Fultola UHC, Khulna
- Nachol UHC, Chapainawabganj
- Banaripara UHC, Barisal

For more information, please contact:
Christine Jaulmes, Chief
Communication and Information Section
+ 880 2 9336701-10, Ext: 209

Arifa S Sharmin, Communication Specialist
Communication and Information Section
+ 880 2 9336701-10, Ext: 442



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