On April 7, 2016, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) and Rights and Sight for Children (RSC) celebrated World Health Day 2016 at Kallyanpur Porabari Slum, Dhaka. The focus of this year’s World Health Day was diabetes, “Halt the Rise, Beat Diabetes!” Worldwide, approximately 422 million people have diabetes and experts project that number to more than double in the next 20 years. Diabetes presents a staggering burden and has serious consequences for afflicted individuals and for the health care systems that treat them.
DCI and RSC organized a free Diabetes Checkup Camp on World Health Day at the DCI/RSC Health Clinic in the Kallyanpur Porabari Slum for local residents. In addition, a diabetes awareness seminar was held by Dr.Shekh Moinul Khokon, a clinic doctor. Also, Dr. Md. Al-Amin Mridha, Associate Professor, Pediatrics at Shaheed Suharawardy Medical College, Dhaka and Dr. Hossain Sahid Kamrul Alam, Deputy Director, Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital provided general health care treatments to slum children.
Dr. Ehsan Hoque, Executive Director of Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) joined the event via Skype. Ms. Salma Qadir, CEO of RSC and Coordinator of DCI, Bangladesh, Mr. Jamal Abdun Nasher, Program Manager, RSC and other officials of DCI & RSC were in attendance at this event. Ms. Salma Qadir concluded the day’s activities by expressing DCI’s and RSC’s gratitude to all attendees for their participation.