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Sylhet Sadar – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

U.S. Ambassador Mr. Earl R. Miller has visited Sylhet on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to observe Urban Slum Services through the innovative pilot public-private partnership initiated by the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) working closely with the Sylhet City Corporation and implemented by the Bangladesh non-governmental organization, Shimantik. Through this initiative over the past three years, essential health services have been offered to the most underserved in the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) slums, including maternal and child health and other services provided through domiciliary services, evening satellite clinics and a strong referral system for clients to clinical services.

USAID is supporting the Government of Bangladesh towards ensuring Universal Health Coverage.  As a part of that effort, USAID’s Shukhi Jibon Project, implemented by Pathfinder International and partners, will provide support to the DGFP to scale up this successful model to other urban sites in three additional divisions – Chattogram, Mymensingh, and Dhaka.  The USAID Shukhi Jibon project will assist the DGFP to scale up this successful model to other urban settings over the coming four years.

Ambassador Miller’s visit to the Sylhet urban slum program provided him with an excellent opportunity to observe first-hand integrated health services at the community level through a joint public-private partnership.  He visited the Satellite Clinic/Ward Office and a Community Site in the Chowkidigi slum area, Sylhet City Corporation. During his visit to the Satellite Clinic, Ambassador Miller praised Sylhet City Corporation for their ground-breaking approach toward addressing the need of the disadvantaged urban population. He also stated how the replication and implementation of this model through USAID’s Shukhi Jibon project can bring lasting changes in the lives of millions of women. While meeting with the community people, Ambassador Millar expressed his satisfaction as the people of U.S. has a long history of working with the people in Bangladesh to bringing lasting changes in their wellbeing. As an avid supporter in Bangladesh’s remarkable journey towards ensuring Universal Health Coverage, the U.S. Government and USAID have strong commitment to increasing health coverage through innovative approaches, effective partnerships, and mutual learning. Ambassador Miller also visited SMC Blue Star Pharmacy, another example of successful public private partnership towards ensuring quality health services for all.

Throughout his visit, Ambassador Miller emphasized USAID’s commitment to partnering with the Government and people of Bangladesh as they advance towards a self-reliant future.

About USAID: The U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. In 2018, USAID provided nearly $219 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resiliency to climate change.