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At the backdrop of grim scenario around the globe in the area of water supply and sanitation resulting in dangerously high incidences of mortality and morbidity, the United Nations General Assembly launched the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (IDWSSD) for the period 1981-1990. The Decade was observed with the mission to help reduce mortality and morbidity caused by water-borne diseases at the grassroots. And to implement the Decade programme in Bangladesh.NGO Forum was established in 1982 as the brainchild of the United Nations Steering Committee in line with the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (IDWSSD). Following a long evolution process, the organization has evolved in the development sector with legal entity in the year 1991. Presently it is involved as the apex networking and service delivery body of NGOs, CBOs and private sector operators in the WASH sector of Bangladesh. In line with the multi-dimensional aspects & challenges in WASH sector, the Forum widened its programmatic domain beyond WASH. Since 2011 the organization is being renamed as the NGO Forum for Public Health. NGO Forum is thus, serving as a national networking and rights-based service delivery organization.

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NGO Forum is committed to contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and it links it's all project activities with 11 goals out of the 17 goals. NGO Forum is the active member of the Platform ‘People’s Voice’ which is working to achieve the SDG Goals in Bangladesh.

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The Honorable Chairperson of NGO Forum for Public Health, Advocate Dr....

On 23 July 2022, The Honorable Chairperson of NGO Forum for Public Health, Advocate Dr. Naim Ahmed visited different programmatic activities in Camp 4 Ext, Camp 5, and Camp 6. The Executive Director of NGO Forum Mr. S. M. A. Rashid and the Project Management team accompanied him during the visit. The Honorable Chairperson visited the mega FSTP of Camp-4 Ext which is one of the biggest Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant in the Refugee response. He was briefed about the operational process of this sludge treatment plant during the visit. He also visited NGOF-UNICEF project activities in camp 6.Later the Honorable Chairperson visited the Jute bag Production center of Camp-5. He visited the different units of these production centers and was briefed about the diversified jute products produced by the refugee women. He talked with the refugee women and staff working in the production center. After the visit, he attended a meeting in Cox’s Bazar Project office with the project focal persons, and an overview of the project activities was briefed to him through a presentation. In the meeting, he expressed his bliss with the project activities....

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Visiting Jute bag Production center of camp 5....

On July 23,2022, The Honorable Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, Mr. HONDA Taro; the honorable ambassador of Japan to the Peoples of Republic of Bangladesh Mr. ITO Naoki; the Honorable President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. TANAKA Akihiko; have visited Jute bag Production center of camp 5. During the visit they were accompanied by the Director General of South Asia Department, JICA, Mr. ITO Teruyuki; First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. HARUTA Hiroki; National Staff, JICA BD, Mr. Hasan Alimul along with other delegates of JAPAN Embassy and JICA; Principal Situation Coordinator (Cox’s Bazar) Ms. Ita Schuette, The Executive Director of NGO Forum Mr. S. M. A. Rashid and Mr. Subrata Kumar Chakrabarty from Livelihoods Unit team of UNHCR. From the RRRC Office, Mr. Arif Faisal Khan (Assistant Secretary) and the representative of CIC of Camp-5 also attended during this visit. They were welcomed at this center by The Project Coordinator of NGO Forum, Mr. Ataur Rahman and Central manager Ms. Urbi Chakma. They were briefed by Mr. Subrata Kumar Chakrabarty about different diversified jute products and making processes by the refugee women when they walked around the various units of this production center. They talked to the refugee women who were employed in this production center. They exchanged their thoughts on how these activities are bringing changes in their day-to-day life. After visit, they expressed their cheerfulness....

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Training on Integrity Change Process and on Integrity Tools for BAWIN...

On 5-6 June 2022,"Training on Integrity Change Process and on Integrity Tools for BAWIN’s Youth and Women representatives" has been successfully conducted by BAWIN at Training hall, NGO Forum, Central Office, Lalmatia, Dhaka....

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The Honorable United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filip...

The Honorable United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi visited different programmatic activities of UNHCR-funded project sites in Kutupalong RC, Camp-5 and Camp 4 Ext today (May 22nd, 2022). During visit honorable Commissioner was accompanied by the Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNHCR Mr. Indrika Rawatte, Senior Advisor to the High Commissioner Mr. Herve de Villeroche, Country Representative of UNHCR Mr. Johannes van der Klaauw, Principal Situation Coordinator (Cox’s Bazar) Ms. Ita Schuette, Livelihoods Unit, WASH Unit and other respective colleagues of UNHCR....

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The news of the launching of Water Integrity Global Outlook (WIGO) has...

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Launching of Water Integrity Global Outlook (WIGO)...

"Launching of Water Integrity Global Outlook (WIGO)" has been held on 11 May 2022 at the NGO Forum for Public Health, Central Office, Dhaka. Mr. Shahidul Hassan, Chair of BAWIN & Former Chief Engineer, LGED chaired the meeting. Furthermore, Mr.Binayak Das, Programme Coordinator, Water Integrity Network (WIN), presented the keynote on Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021. Where welcome speech delivered by Mr.Kazi Monir Mosharof,Coordinator, BAWIN and Project Focal Integrity Management, NGO Forum for Public Health. The meeting was jointly organized by BAWIN, WIN and NGO Forum for Public Health.The CSO and BAWIN members provided their valuable feedback during the Q&A session in this meeting....

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4th Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWS) - Parallel Thematic Session Theme ...

Achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all....

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A virtual BAWIN meeting has been organized today with the active parti...

A virtual BAWIN meeting has been organized today with the active participation of the members. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Md. Shahidul Hasan, Chairman, BAWIN. Through this meeting, the BAWIN website www.bawin-bd.org is formally inaugurated and the Strategic Plan (2021-2025) has been published. The participants of the meeting have shared their valuable suggestions and guided the platform on how to move forward. The Executive Director of the NGO Forum for Public Health has also attended and contributed to the meeting....

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on World Water Day 2...

"We need to improve our exploration, monitoring and analysis of groundwater resources to protect and better manage them and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.''...

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আজ ‘বিশ্ব পানি দিবস’...

আজ ‘বিশ্ব পানি দিবস’। এবারের প্রতিপাদ্য-‘ভূগর্ভস্থ পানি : অদৃশ্য সম্পদ, দৃশ্যমান প্রভাব।’ জাতিসংঘের সাধারণ পরিষদে গৃহীত প্রস্তাব অনুযায়ী প্রতি বছর ২২ মার্চ ‘বিশ্ব পানি দিবস’ হিসাবে পালিত হচ্ছে। বিশ্বের অন্যসব দেশের মতো বাংলাদেশেও দিবস পালিত হবে। দিবসটি পালন উপলক্ষ্যে বিভিন্ন সংস্থা ও প্রতিষ্ঠান নানা কর্মসূচি গ্রহণ করেছে। দিবসটি উপলক্ষ্যে জাতিসংঘের মহাসচিব অ্যান্থনিও গুতেরেজ, বাংলাদেশের মহামান্য রাষ্ট্রপতি মোঃ আব্দুল হামিদ ও মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা পৃথক বাণী দিয়েছেন।...

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Seminar on World Water Day...

দৈনিক ভোরের কাগজে প্রকাশিত...

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A seminar on the ‘Good Groundwater Management: justice in achieving ...

An estimated 32 cubic kilometres of groundwater is being extracted annually, of which, 90 percent is used in irrigation and 10 percent for industrial and domestic purposes. The numbers were revealed at a seminar titled "Good Groundwater Management: Justice in Achieving SDG" yesterday at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka. Dr Anwar Zahid, director of groundwater hydrology, Bangladesh Water Development Board, in his keynote presentation, said, "Due to such over-extraction, groundwater is being contaminated with salt and heavy metal. 24 percent of lands are now exposed to extremely elevated arsenic, salinity and groundwater depletion hazards."Again, we have observed that groundwater level in urban areas, particularly Dhaka and Barind Tract, is declining permanently at an alarming rate. This implies that the water level is not being recharged even after the monsoon. With increased extraction, fluctuation of groundwater level has also increased with time," Dr Zahid added. Md Tazul Islam, minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, emphasised minimising usage and extraction of groundwater. "There is no alternative to minimizing groundwater usage. At present, in many districts, people cannot use groundwater anymore and we are being forced to supply them with purified surface water," he said. "To achieve SDGs, 70 percent of our water consumption must come from the surface water sources." He said the government is planning to construct water-recycling plants where used water will be purified and resupplied to communities to reduce pressure on natural water sources. In a previous study, it was revealed that Bangladesh is losing groundwater at an average rate of 8.73 millimetres per year. In 2006, the number of shallow water pumps that extract groundwater directly from the aquifers close to the ground surface was 11,82,525, and within 12 years, in 2019, the number of shallow wells increased up to 16,00,000. Prof Dr Kazi Matin U Ahmed of Dhaka University's geology department, said, "We need a license from the government to extract all types of natural resources except groundwater. As a result, we have been extracting groundwater in an unplanned and unregulated manner." "If we continue to extract groundwater in this way, many parts of the country will not remain liveable due to loss of agriculture, salination and heavy metal contamination," he said....

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SoLAR Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience
Report Public Hearing Session
Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021 (Full Report)
Water Integrity Global Outlook 2021 (Summary of Full Report)
The example of Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
Country Baseline Assessment
Integrity makes WASH in school Work
Success Tale of Private Producers
Our Common Agenda - UN
Being Beside the Hard-to-Reach
WatSan Newsletter (March - May 2021)
Water Quality Laboratory Price List
Flash Card - Covid 19
Project Brochure - BAWIN
Strategic Plan (2021 - 2025)
Organizational Brochure
Paniprobaha
NGOF-UNHCR Project Brochure
Biennial Report 2018-2019

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