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Bangladesh Progressing But Must Yet Face Challenges In Health Sector

The visiting Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thoraya A Obaid said that Bangladesh has attained progress //in some sectors, but it still has many challenges to address in the health sector to become an advanced country.

She said that in population controlling, reducing child and maternal motility rate, empowerment of women, gender equality and increasing access to education and primary healthcare services Bangladesh has showed remarkable progress over the years.

Ms Thoraya told newsmen at a press conference held in Dhaka on Tuesday at the end of her three-day visit to Bangladesh that to turn Bangladesh into an advanced country, the government as well as other development partners should look into the certain matters very seriously.

She said in Bangladesh, like many other Muslim countries, the HIV/AIDS problem is very low. But she warned that there is some population groups among where it can become higher, for example the sex workers. She also added that the danger will be much higher if the information about health awareness is not be spread among the young group of people who go to the sex workers. She stressed on the need for building awareness, providing correct information on the deadly disease of HIV/AIDS among all groups of people.

In Bangladesh the first case of HIV was detected in 1989. According to a 2004 UN study, HIV infections have tripled in the last six years. UNAIDS estimated that 13,000 adults and children were living with HIV at the end of 2002. Ms Thoraya explained that the outer world knows Bangladesh by the data as well as by the information and the world community always uses Bangladesh as an example of making progress in different social sectors.

While lauding the progress Bangladesh made in girls' education, reducing the death of mothers and children and ensuring good primary health system. She warned that, this does not mean that Bangladesh does not have
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