Two one day long capacity building trainings for Executive Magistrates on tobacco control law was conducted on 13-14 July 2014 at Meghna Hall of BIAM Foundation, Dhaka. National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) with the Technical Assistance from The Union arranged the training to orient Executive Magistrates better with tobacco control law and its enforcement. The training was conducted for two batches. The first batch received training on 13 July 2014 and there were trainees from Dhaka, Barisal and Khulna division. While the second batch received training on 14 July 2014 and there were trainees from Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet division. Fifty four Executive Magistrates from across the country attended the workshops.

In the inaugural session, Ms Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary (PH & WHO), MOHFW graced the occasion as chief guest and Mr Md. Azam-E-Sadat, Deputy Secretary (WHO) and Programme Manager-Tobacco Control chaired the session.

In training sessions, Mr Goutam Aich Sarker (Joint Secretary, MOHFW),  Mr Md. Azam-E-Sadat (Programme Manager-Tobacco Control), Dr S Mahfuzul Huq(Technical Officer-Tobacco Control, WHO), Mr Taifur Rahman (Advocacy and Media Coordinator, CTFK) and Advocate Syed Mahbubul Alam (Director- Program & Planning, WBB Trust) have discussed on Global tobacco epidemic and Bangladesh perspective, Tobacco control law 2005 and Amended Tobacco control law 2013, WHO FCTC and MPOWER package, TAPS ban and Smoke Free policies, Role of District and Upazila Taskforce committee on tobacco control. Later on an open discussion on was facilitated by Mr Amin Ul Ahsan (Coordinator, NTCC).

The executive magistrates have reiterated the importance of law implementation and they have shown their high commitment in implementing the TC law at district and upazilla level. They also gave few precious recommendations for policy implication.

 

National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) with the technical assistance from The Union organized a workshop on implementation and enforcement of amended tobacco control law at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Madaripur on 17 June 2014. The workshop was organized to sensitize different stakeholders of government and non-government high officials, civil society representatives and media personnel. All were informed about the specific roles to implement tobacco control activities at local level. The participants have committed to devote their best efforts in respective sector to ensure enforcement of tobacco control law in the district.

Mr. G S M Jafarullah, Deputy Commissioner, Madaripur was present in theworkshop as Chief Guest. Mr. Khandoker Faridul Islam, Superintendent of Police, Madaripur, Mr. Khalid Hossain Yead, Mayor, Madaripur Municipality, Mr. Shah Rezwan Hayat, Deputy Secretary, Forestry and Environment was present as resource person in the workshop. While Ms. Ishrat Chowdhury, Technical Advisor (Public Health), The Union, South East Asia was present as a special guest in the workshop. Representatives from Government high officials, media personnel, civil society and other stakeholders were also present there. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Mr. Bashudeb Kumar Das, Civil Surgeon, Madaripur, The sessions of the workshop was moderated by Md. Bariul Islam, The Executive Magistrate, Madaripur.

The inaugural session of the workshop commenced with the welcome address of Dr. S M Khaliluzzaman, Medical Officer Civil Surgeon Office, Madaripur. Mr. Md. Amin Ul Ahsan, Coordinator, National Tobacco control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare delivered his power point presentation on tobacco control law and its implementation and enforcement at district level. Mr. Alamgir Sikder, Program Officer, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop.

 

A workshop on implementation and enforcement of amended tobacco control law was conducted at conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Jessore on 11 June 2014. National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized the workshop with the technical assistance from The Union.

The workshop was organized to sensitize different stakeholders of government and non-government high officials, civil society representatives and media personnel. All were informed about the specific roles to implement tobacco control activities at local level. The participants have committed to devote their best efforts in respective sector to ensure enforcement of tobacco control law in the district.

Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner, Jessore was present in the workshop as Chief Guest. Dr. Md. Atikur Rahman Huq, Civil Surgeon, Jessore, Mr. Jahid Hossain Panir, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jessore and Ms. Reshma Sharmin, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jessore were present as resource person in the workshop. Six Executive Magistrates form DC Office and representatives from Government high officials, media personnel, civil society and other stakeholders were also present there.

The workshop was chaired by Dr. Mr. Atikur Rahman Huq, Civil Surgeon, Jessore. The sessions of the workshop was moderated by Md. Gias Uddin, Senior Health Education Officer, Civil Surgeon Office, Jessore. The inaugural session of the workshop commenced with the welcome address of Muhammad Sohel Hasan, Additional District Magistrate of Deputy Commissioner Office, Jessore. Mr. Md. Amin ul Ahsan, Coordinator, National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare delivered his power point presentation on tobacco control law and its implementation and enforcement at district level in Bangladesh. Mr. Alamgir Sikder, Program Officer, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop.

 

National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized a workshop on implementation and enforcement of amended tobacco control law at Conference Room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Munshiganj on 24 April 2014 with the technical assistance of The Union.

Mr. Goutam Aich Sarker, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was present in the workshop as Chief Guest. Dr. Kazi Shariful Alam, Civil Surgeon, Munshiganj, Dr. Md. Rezwanul Karim, UH&FPO, Sadar, Munshiganj were present as resource person in the workshop. Representatives from Government high officials, media personnel, civil society and other stakeholders were also present there.

The workshop was chaired by Md. Sarwar Morshed Chowdhury, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Munshiganj. The sessions of the workshop was moderated by. Ms. Nasrin Sultana, District Sanitary Inspector, Civil Surgeon Office, Munshiganj.

The inaugural session of the workshop commenced with the welcome address of Md. Nazrul Islam Sarker, Additional District Magistrate, Munshiganj. Md. Amin Ul Ahsan, Coordinator, NTCC delivered his power point presentation on tobacco control law and its implementation and enforcement at district level. Mr. Alamgir Sikder, Program Officer, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop.

 

National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized a workshop on implementation and enforcement of tobacco control law with the technical assistance from The Union at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Rangpur on 31 March 2014.

Ms. Sayda Anowara Begum, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family

Welfare was present in the workshop as Chief Guest. Dr. Md. Reajul Islam, Civil Surgeon, Rangpur, Ms. Tanima Tasnim, Additional District Magistrate, Rangpur and Khandakar Md. Shameem Hossain, Additional Superintendent of Police, Rangpur were present as resource person in the workshop. Representatives from Government high officials, media personnel, civil society and other stakeholders were also present there.

The workshop was chaired by Mr. Farid Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner, Rangpur. The sessions of the workshop was moderated by Dr. Md. Mozammel Hossain, Deputy Civil Surgeon Office, Rangpur.

The inaugural session of the workshop commenced with the welcome address of Mr. M A Wazed, Agriculture Specialist, Agricultural Extension Department, Rangpur. Mr. Alamgir Sikder, Program Officer, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop and delivered his power point presentation on tobacco control law and its implementation and enforcement at district.

 

A day long workshop on implementation of tobacco control law and its enforcement was conducted in the conference room of Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Kushtia on 24 March 2014. National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) arranged the workshop with the technical Assistance from The Union.

Mr Md. Ejaz Ahmed Jaber, Deputy Secretary (Public Health-3), MOHFW graced the occasion as chief guest and Mr Md. Amin Ul Ahsan, Coordinator, NTCC, MOHFW, Mr. Md. Asgar Ali, General Secretary, Awami League, Kushtia, Dr. Azizun Nahar, Assistant Director, 250 bed General Hospital, Kushtia was present as special guest. Mr. Md. Mujib-Ul-Ferdous, ADC (General), Kushtia chaired the session.

The speakers discussed on tobacco epidemic in Bangladesh and Kushtia perspective, Tobacco control law 2005 and Amended Tobacco control law 2013, TAPS Ban and Smoke Free policies, Role of District and Upazila Taskforce committee on tobacco control. Later on an open discussion was held and participants exchanged their views. Dr S M Mahbubus Sobhan, Program Officer, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop.

 

A Divisional workshop on implementation and enforcement of amended tobacco control law was conducted at conference room of Divisional Director (Health)’s Office, Sylhet on 20 March 2014. National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized the workshop with the technical assistance from The Union.

Ms. Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary (PH & WHO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was present in the workshop as a Chief Guest. Dr. Md. Azharul Islam, Civil Surgeon, Sylhet, Mr. Sheikh Motiar Rahman, Additional District Magistrate, Sylhet and Md. Monirul Islam, Deputy Director, Family Planning was present as resource person in the workshop. Representatives from Government high officials, media personnel, civil society and other stakeholders were also present there. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Banadip Lal Das, Divisional Director (Health) Sylhet. The sessions of the workshop was moderated by Dr. Rahat Iqbal Chowdhury, MO-CS, Civil Surgeon Office, Sylhet.

In the inaugural session Dr. Sheikh Emdadul Haque, Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer, Sadar Sylhet delivered the welcome address. Mr. Md. Amin Ul Ahsan, Coordinator, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has coordinated the workshop and delivered a power point presentation on tobacco control law and its implementation and enforcement at divisional level.

 

National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) organized a day-long workshop to talk about and finalize the draft tobacco control rules yet to be submitted to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 28 September 2013 at Nazimgarh Resort, Sylhet.

After 2 May 2013, when government amended the Tobacco Control Law 2005, there was a dire need to formulate the tobacco control rules in line with the amendment to make the law more explained and useful.

In the inaugural session, Mr Md. Shafiqul Islam Laskar, Additional Secretary, MOHFW graced the occasion as chief guest while Dr Thushara Fernando, WHO Representative to Bangladesh was present there as special guest. Mr. Md. Azam-E-Sadat, Deputy Secretary and Programme Manager-Tobacco Control chaired the session. Dr. Armando Peruga, Programme Manager, Tobacco Free Initiative of WHO Headquarters was present in the workshop as an International Expert.

At the commencement, Mr. Azam-E-Sadat gave an overview of the law amendment and rules drafting process. Then the members of the drafting committee shared their thoughts among them. Dr. Armando Peruga gave many inputs time to time and shared his experiences and discussed on the best practices around the world. He mentioned that these rules are not only important for Bangladesh, but also for the rest of the world. The drafting committee finalized the draft of the coveted tobacco control rules in the workshop with detail discussion on every section of the rules in presence of the senior government officials.

Dr Thushara Fernando expressed his satisfaction over the progress made so far to formulate the rules. He also reassured continued support of WHO for tobacco control in Bangladesh.

Mr Md. Shafiqul Islam Laskar, Additional Secretary of MOHFW acknowledged the support of WHO, especially the technical inputs came from technical officers from headquarters and its country office.

 

Two one day long capacity building trainings for Executive Magistrates on tobacco control law was held in Dhaka on 2-3 October 2013. National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) arranged the training to orient them better with tobacco control law and its enforcement. The first batch received training on 2 October 2013 while the second batch on 3 October 2013 at conference room of Health Economics Unit of MOHFW. 41 magistrates from 41 districts around the country attended the workshops.

In the inaugural session, Mr Md. Shafiqul Islam Laskar, Additional Secretary, MOHFW graced the occasion as chief guest and Mr Md. Ashadul Islam, Director General, Health Economics Unit, MOHFW was the special guest. Mr. Md. Azam-E-Sadat, Deputy Secretary and Programme Manager-Tobacco Control chaired the session.

In training sessions, Mr. Md. Azam-E-Sadat (Programme Manager-Tobacco Control), Dr M Mostafa Zaman (NPO-NCD, WHO), Ms Ishrat Chowdhury (Technical Advisor, The Union South East Asia), Mr Taifur Rahman (Advocacy and Media Coordinator, CTFK), Dr S Mahfuzul Huq (TNP-TOB, WHO) discussed on Global tobacco epidemic and Bangladesh perspective, Tobacco control law 2005 and Amended Tobacco control law 2013, WHO FCTC and MPOWER package, TAPS Ban and Smoke Free policies, Role of District and Upazila Taskforce committee on tobacco control. Later on a panel discussion on ‘Role of executive magistrates in enforcement of tobacco control law’ was facilitated by Mr Amin Ul Ahsan (Project Manager-Tobacco Control, NTCC) and Dr S Mahfuzul Huq (TNP-TOB, WHO). In the last session there was group work on 3 vital issues- 1) Development of an effective enforcement mechanism of the TC Law in the district level with the suggestions of more prospective authorized officers. 2) Determine the duties and responsibilities of the owner, manager or supervisor of a public place/public transport for fulfilling the purpose of section 7Ka of the amended law and 3) Develop a checklist of effective monitoring system for the violation of tobacco control law in the district or upazilla level.

The executive magistrates have reiterated the importance of law implementation and they have shown their high commitment in implementing the TC law at district and upazilla level. They also gave few precious recommendations for policy implication.