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BBG On the Ground: Bangladesh

[ 0 ] June 3, 2013 |

The BBG teams with USAID and two Dhaka-based broadcasters to bring health programming and an Avian Influenza reporting workshop to Bangladesh…

This photo of a Bangla woman protecting her grain from interested ducklings won VOA's 2013 photo contest. Raihan Parvez, from Dhaka, was the photographer. 4500 pictures from across the globe were entered.

This photo of a Bangla woman protecting her grain from interested ducklings won VOA’s 2013 photo contest. Raihan Parvez, from Dhaka, was the photographer. 4500 pictures from across the globe were entered.

The BBG’s Office of Strategy and Development and Voice of America have teamed up with USAID to sponsor training workshops and health programming to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, with a population of 164 million – 90% of whom are Muslim – has recently experienced spates of religious unrest and is still reeling from the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 700.

The turbulence underscores the difficulties residents face in meeting basic needs on a daily basis.

Late last month, the BBG and USAID sponsored an Avian Influenza workshop for reporters at the press club in Dhaka.

The BBG's Joan Mower in the radio studios of Dhaka's Radio Today.

The BBG’s Joan Mower (right) in the radio studios of Dhaka’s Radio Today.

Muhaiddin Haidar of the University of Maryland served as the expert trainer, demonstrating to reporters ways to make their stories more engaging in delivering accurate information about the disease and how it is transmitted. The World Health Organization and local fire and civil defense officials also participated.

On the air, VOA’s Bangla Service has teamed with Radio Today and Desh TV for health related programming. With an inter-agency grant from USAID, the radio programming is underway, and the television piece will follow starting June 29.

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