DCI Director Visited Bangladesh to Help Improve the Lives of Underprivileged Children

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Distressed Children and Infants (DCI) International’s Director, Dr. Nina Hoque, visited Bangladesh (from July 10-25, 2009) to supervise and monitor the following DCI programs: the Sun Child Sponsorship Program, Childhood Blindness Prevention Program (CBPP), Orphan Support Program and the Urban Healthcare Centre (Healthcare for Underprivileged Program). Dr. Hoque is DCI’s director of the Childhood Blindness Prevention Program (CBPP) and is in charge of developing new programs in Bangladesh.

Dr. Nina Hoque is a renowned scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company in USA. She is known particularly for her success in finding new discoveries in Alzheimer disease research.

She visited the Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) Bangladesh head office & Urban Healthcare Centre (UHCC) at Mohammadpur, and DCI Orphanages in Dhaka. During her visit she talked about the Sun Child Sponsorship Program, follow-up, monitoring, and students’ education with the officers of DCI Bangladesh and Rights and Sight for Children (RSC).

Dr. Hoque also conducted several meetings with stakeholders to discuss plans to strengthen the outcry against child labor in this country. On July 22, Dr. Hoque met Mrs. Wahida Banu Shapna, Chairperson of Bangladesh Shushu Adikar (Child Rights) Forum and Professor A.K. Azad Khan, President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Country Director, Distressed Children & Infants International.

Dr. Hoque met with various child rights NGOs and appraised their child labor prevention programs. She looked for new partnerships and collaborations to pursue this concern. Dr. Hoque visited several DCI projects in Bangladesh to inspect, monitor and follow up on the activities of DCI.

In addition to setting the groundwork for the Childhood Blindness Prevention Program and Orphan Support program, Dr. Nina Hoque monitored activities of its flagship program, the Sun Child Sponsorship Program. She also participated in DCI’s flood relief and rehabilitation activities, inaugurated a series of free eye camps in urban slum areas for underprivileged children and their families, and initiated the Orphan Support Program. Following her visit, Dr. Nina Hoque said “I want to dedicate the rest of my life to childhood blindness prevention.”

At present, the organization Rights and Sight for Children (RSC) is implementing various DCI projects in the 4 districts of
Bangladesh.