The Importance of Data for Healthier Societies
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare hosted an international conference on Data for Decision Making (D4D) from 1 to 3 April, 2017 on ‘Data for Decision (D4D) in Health’ with the support from European Union, icddr,b, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, Vital Strategy of Bloomberg Philanthropies, private sector and other development agencies.
One of the objectives of the D4D conference is bringing together government officials from neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, India & Sri Lanka, donors, development partners, leaders from the private sector, civil society, media and other national stakeholders to present the country status on ensuring access to information, data visualization, and, the accountability of the system.
Dr. Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Chief of Health, UNFPA Bangladesh, acted as a Co-chair for the “Improving citizen-driven and health manager’s accountability approach to improve health service delivery and utilization outcomes”; he also shared his insight on the importance for regional and international experiences on the importance of data (LMIS) for promoting successful FP programs and participated in the panel discussion on data for financing in health. Mahboob E Alam, National Program Officer in Population Planning & Research unit, presented on the topic of “Tracking FP 2020-HMIS and e-LMIS, powerful tools in Bangladesh’s pursuit to reach global goals. Additionally, UNFPA Bangladesh exhibited its contribution for data generation and accessibility in the conference Market Place Event.