Shuvo Basak, Mymensingh: Bandhu Social Welfare Society organized an exchange meeting on HIV prevention and non-discriminatory treatment among at-risk transgender and gender diverse populations in Bangladesh. The meeting was held at Tara Mela FPAB office on Wednesday (November 23) at noon. Mymensingh Divisional Family Planning Office Director Mohammad Abdul Awal presided over and District Project Manager Abdul Al Ashiq spoke as a guest in the program – District Social Service Office Deputy Director Abdul Qayyum. Besides, reserved women councilor of Ward No. 4, 5 and 6 of Mymensingh City Corporation Shammi Akter Mitu, legal adviser of Bandhu Social Welfare Society Advocate Mir Emran Ali Pavel, President of Mymensingh Combined Press Club Md Rabiul Awal Ravi etc. spoke as invited guests.
Abdul Al Ashiq, DIC Manager of The Global Fund Project presented the activities of the last three months of Privatized HIV Prevention and Treatment Services for Key Population in Bangladesh The Global Fund Project. The meeting emphasized on improving the quality of medical care for HIV prevention, including increasing HIV prevention awareness among at-risk (transgender, MSM, MSW) populations, as well as increasing rates of general health care, venereal disease physicians and HIV testing. Speakers said that HIV prevention will be helpful if employment is created and social status is established for the mentioned population. The meeting was attended by Md. Rafiqul Islam, Councilor of Ward No. 29 of Mosik, Farzana Bobby Kakali, reserved women councilor of Mosik, representatives of voluntary organizations, policemen and journalists. Note that since 1996, Bandhu Social Welfare Society has been working with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Ministry of Women and Children, the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the field of health care, quality of life and protection of rights of the transgender and gender diversity hijra population, as well as youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is working with the help of domestic and international donors in coordination with the Department of Social Services. At present, Bandhu Social Welfare Society is providing regular services to the transgender and gender diverse hijra population through 37 health care centers and 31 community based cooperative organizations in 22 districts of the country.